Polling for the elections in 41 cantonment boards across Pakistan will be held across the country today (Sunday) with 1,560 candidates contesting in 206 wards.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that all arrangements have been made for holding the cantonment elections.
The polling will begin at 8:00 am in the morning and will conclude at 5:00 p.m in the evening.
The ECP has set up Complaint Centers for monitoring of Cantonment Board election process at all provincal headquarters and Islambad. Citizens can access the centre in Islamabad on telephone numbers: 051-9204403 and 051-9204402.
The provincial governments have been directed to install CCTV cameras at the most sensitive polling stations.
According to details, 219 wards have been formed in 42 cantonment boards across the country, and voting will be held on only 203 seats, while elections have been postponed for 6 seats.
On the other hand, candidates for seven seats were elected unopposed and five independent candidates were elected unopposed.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have reached an agreement in Galiyat Kalabagh Cantonment following which one candidate from each party was elected unopposed.
As many as 1,550 candidates are contesting in the cantonment board local body elections out of which the highest number of 180 candidates were fielded by PTI, while PML-N fielded 143 candidates and 112 candidates of the PPP will contest the elections.
104 candidates of Jamaat-e-Islami, 86 candidates of Tehreek-e-Labeek Pakistan (TTP), 74 candidates of Allahu Akbar Tehreek, 42 candidates of MQM, 35 candidates of PSP, 34 candidates of PML-Q and 659 independent candidates will also try their luck in the elections.
Karachi has maximum 6 cantonments, 42 wards, no party could field candidates for all seats, PTI fielded maximum 41 candidates, PPP 40, Jamaat-e-Islami 38, MQM 32 candidates. Are PSP 27, PML-N 22 candidates, 108 independent candidates are also contesting.
There are 10 wards in Lahore and Walton Cantonment and 268 candidates will contest for 20 seats. Tough contest is expected between the PML-N and PTI. The rival parties have fielded 20 candidates, while 19 candidates of Allah Akbar Tehreek will contest elections in 20 wards. The PPP has fielded 15 candidates, PML-Q 13, Jamaat-e-Islami 10 in 20 wards and 144 independent candidates will also be in the race in 20 seats.
On the other hand, relatives of prominent political personalities have also entered the fray. Asharab Sohal, son of MPA Yasin Sohal, is the PML-N candidate from Walton Ward 8, while Fahad Masood, brother of MPA Timur Masood, is the PTI candidate from Wah’s Ward 8 and former Senator Chaudhry Tanveer s brother Changez Khan is a PML-N candidate from Ward 4 of Chaklala.
According to the spokesperson of the ECP, police will be deployed at the polling stations to ensure law and order, while Rangers, FC will also be deployed outside the polling stations.
At the end of the polling, the presiding officers will announce the results at the polling station immediately after the counting, while the returning officers will announce the preliminary results immediately after the completion of the results of each ward.
All polling agents are directed to obtain a copy of the result from the Presiding Officer. All election agents or candidates should also get a copy of the preliminary result from the concerned Returning Officer.
For the smooth conduct of the election, special security arrangements have also been made for the distribution of election materials besides holding of the election in a transparent way.