Unofficial results continued to pour in after polling for 42 cantonment boards’ elections across Pakistan concluded at 5pm on Sunday.
At least 1,559 candidates hailing from several political parties were vying for a win in the elections.
Polling began at 8am and continued till 5pm without any interruption for a total of 219 general seats of the cantonments boards across the country.
According to election rules, only voters who had made it inside the polling station by the 5pm closing time were allowed to cast their votes.
Hours after the polling had begun at 8am, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) detained two men impersonating as polling agents from a women’s polling station in Clifton’s ward number 4 in Karachi.
The ‘fake polling agents’ who were handed over to the police were reportedly belonged to different political parties and were present inside a polling station without the required documents.
No major incidents of violence were reported and polling process largely remained peaceful across the country.
‘659 independent nominees’
Besides 659 independent nominees, 143 candidates are fielded by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI); the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fielded 112 nominees; while 104 candidates are running for the cantonment seats on the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) platform.
Jamat-e-Islami has 104 candidates in the run; banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) has fielded 86 nominees; Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) has 42 candidates; while Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) have fielded 35 and 34 nominees, respectively.
At least 2,197,741 voters – including 1,154,551 men and 1,043,190 women – would exercise their right to vote from 8am to 5pm without any break. As many as 1,644 polling stations and 5,080 polling booths have been set up for 219 wards of the 42 cantonments.
However, the election couldn’t be held in 13 wards due to multiple reasons: seven candidates have been elected unopposed; in four out five Kamra wards, elections have been postponed due to constituency disputes; while in Pano Aqil and Rawalpindi, elections were delayed in two wards after the candidates passed away.
CCTV cameras have been installed at sensitive polling stations. Apart from the police, paramilitary personnel would be present outside the premises of the polling station. The ECP has given magisterial powers to the officers in charge of Rangers and FC.
According to the instructions issued by the ECP, the use of mobile phones would be banned inside the polling station during the election process. This rule also applies to the polling agents; however, presiding officers and assisting presiding officers would be exempted from such rules.