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LB polls in Cantt areas countrywide tomorrow

ISLAMABAD:  Local bodies’ elections will be held in cantonment areas across the country tomorrow (Saturday). As many as 1,151 candidates are in the run for Cantonment Board elections.

Polling will start at eight in the morning and would continue till five in the afternoon. Election commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalized all the arrangements for free, fair and transparent conduct of elections in the cantonment areas.

One thousand one hundred and fifty-one (1,151) candidates are in the run for Cantonment Board elections.

According to the ECP, these included 541 candidates of political parties and 610 independents. There are eighteen (18) political parties that have fielded five or more candidates for these elections.

In all, PTI has fielded 137 candidates in the four provinces, followed by PML-N 128, PPP 89, JI 74, MQM and PAT 27 each, ANP 13, MMA 9 and AML 7 candidates.

The Commission has set up 1,225 polling stations in the four provinces to hold Cantonment Board elections.

There are 130 polling stations, which have been declared sensitive, the highest being 102 in Punjab.

The ECP has also set an Election Cell at its Secretariat in Islamabad to receive complaints on the polling day on Saturday. The Cell will also receive preliminary results.

Meanwhile, twelve thousand and four hundred troops of Pakistan Army and Ranger will be employed on security duty for local government elections in 42 cantonments.

According to the ISPR, troops have been requisitioned by Election Commission of Pakistan. They will ensure security and assist election commission in smooth conduct of elections.

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