Se­cu­rity stepped up on eve of coun­try-wide by-polls to­day

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN - Election ma­te­rial be­ing handed over to poll of­fi­cials in Pe­shawar on Satur­day. —

is­lam­abad —As many as 1,727 polling sta­tions out of the to­tal 7,489, set up for by-elec­tions be­ing held in 35 con­stituen­cies of na­tional and pro­vin­cial assem­blies on Sun­day, have been cat­e­gorised as ‘highly sen­si­tive’.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tails shared by the Election Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP), 848 out of to­tal 5,193 polling sta­tions in Pun­jab, 544 of to­tal 1,555 in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 201 of to­tal 544 in Sindh and 134 of to­tal 197 in Balochis­tan have been clas­si­fied as “highly sen­si­tive.”

The pro­por­tion of most sen­si­tive polling sta­tions is high­est in Balochis­tan.

An election of­fi­cial said that se­cu­rity cam­eras had been in­stalled at all the sen­si­tive polling sta­tions.

He said de­ploy­ment of troops be­gan on Fri­day and that they would re­main de­ployed there till Oc­to­ber 15, a day af­ter the polling.

The des­ig­nated in-charges of army per­son­nel de­ployed in and out­side the polling sta­tions will en­joy the pow­ers of a mag­is­trate dur­ing the en­tire pe­riod of their de­ploy­ment. Dis­trict re­turn­ing of­fi­cers and re­turn­ing of­fi­cers for the by-elec­tions have also been given pow­ers of mag­is­trate first class.

Among the to­tal 11 Na­tional As­sem­bly’s con­stituen­cies where by­elec­tions will be held, nine are in Pun­jab and one each in Sindh and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa.

As Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf’s can­di­dates have al­ready been elected un­op­posed from Pun­jab As­sem­bly con­stituen­cies PP-87 (Mian­wali) and PP-296 (Ra­jan­pur), by-elec­tions will now be held for 24 pro­vin­cial assem­blies’ con­stituen­cies — 11 in Pun­jab, two in Sindh, nine in KP and two in Balochis­tan. —

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