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Polling for cantonment board LB polls ends

KARACHI: Polling process for local bodies (LB) elections in cantonment boards countrywide came to a halt as the clock struck five, following which the vote count has begun, ARY News reported.

Polling process began at 8am and concluded a while ago. The overall atmosphere during the polls remained peaceful and no major incident of violence was reported.

The LB polls for cantonment boards today held almost after a gap of 17 years.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, there were 1.87 million voters registered, while 18 political parties fielded their candidates in the LB elections.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) fielded 137 candidates in the four provinces, followed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) 128, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) 89, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) 74, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek 27 each, Awami National Party (ANP) 13, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) 9 and Awami Muslim League (AML) with seven candidates.

The commission set up 1,225 polling stations in the four provinces to hold cantonment board elections, out of which 130 polling stations were declared sensitive, the highest being 102 in Punjab.

The ECP also set an election cell at its secretariat in Islamabad to receive complaints.

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