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