By-polls underway for 21 national, provincial assembly seats

In Local
April 21, 2024

By-elections are underway on 21 national and provincial assembly seats on Sunday with strict security arrangements made by the federal government.

The government approved the deployment of the civil armed forces and Pakistan Army troops during the polling process. The civil armed forces and army troops will provide second- and third-tier security respectively on the polling day.

According to a notification, the civil armed forces and army troops will be available in 21 constituencies from April 20 to 22.
The Interior Ministry issued these orders after the approval of the federal government.

Polling began at 8am and will continue till 5pm without any break.

In Punjab, 174 candidates are vying for positions, while Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has 49 candidates in the race. Punjab boasts 21.77 million male and 18.67 million female registered voters who will exercise their democratic rights.

Meanwhile, K-P has 1.471 million voters who can participate in the by-elections. Punjab will host 663 male, 649 female, and 1289 joint polling stations, with a total of 892 polling stations set up in K-P.

For the National Assembly constituency NA-196 in Sindh, 4.239 million voters are eligible to vote. Five candidates will compete in this constituency, which will have 933 polling stations.

In Balochistan, 125 polling stations have been established across two provincial constituencies, where 163,000 voters will cast their votes.

A control room has been set up in the provincial election commissioners’ offices to address any concerns. Additionally, the installation of CCTV cameras at sensitive polling stations was completed as well.

The federal government has also decided to temporarily suspend cellular services in certain districts of Punjab and Balochistan during the by-elections.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that in line with the directions of the interior ministry, cellular services will be temporarily suspended in specific districts of the two provinces for two days.

The authority added that the decision had been made to safeguard the integrity and security of the electoral process.

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