ECP Affirms Peaceful Elections with Negligible Complaints So Far
ISLAMABAD: Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Babar Yaqoob has said that the environment has so far remained largely peaceful in the second phase of the local government elections currently underway in Punjab and Sindh provinces.
The ECP Secretary said that the commission will take immediate action if any complaint is received regarding law and order situation in any constituency.
Polling began at 7:30am and is expected to continue uninterrupted until 5:30pm. Over 20 million voters are expected to exercise their right to franchise in 26 districts of Sindh and Punjab in the second phase of the LG elections.
In Punjab, polling was being held in 12 districts: Sargodha, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Attock, Jhelum, Mianwali, Chiniot, Toba Tek Singh, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Sheikhupura and Khanewal.
In Sindh, polling was underway in 14 districts including Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Matiari, Dadu, Jamshoro, Badin, Thatta, Sajawal, Shaheed Benazirabad, Noshero Feroz, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Tharparkar. Polling in Sanghar was postponed due to security reasons.
The ECP has established a control room for the elections, for which eight teams have been constituted for receiving complaints. The returning officers have been directed to send preliminary results through e-mail to the provincial election commissioners of Punjab and Sindh.
During the first phase of LG polls, the ruling PML-N had secured a thumping majority by bagging 1,192 posts of union council chairman/vice-chairman, with independents (mostly Leaguers) gaining second position with 1,065 seats.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) could secure only 285 seats, while some upsets were also reported in various areas in 12 districts on Saturday.
Former ruling parties, PPP and PML-Q, clinched only 47 and 44 UCs, respectively. Jamaat-e-Islami and Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek had bagged two seats each.
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