21,298 contesting local govt polls in 14 districts of Sindh – Pakistan

KARACHI: Pakistan’s provincial administration and electoral commission are on Tuesday to discuss the first phase of local government elections scheduled for June 26 in 143 town councils, 14 regional councils, 1 metropolitan corporation and 45 town municipalities. Preparation was reviewed. of Sindh’s six divisions.

At a meeting co-chaired by Electoral Commission Secretary General Omar Hameed Khan and Chief Minister Muhammad Sohail Rajput Sindh, it was revealed that there were 2,980 highly sensitive polling stations in Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad and Mirpurkhas districts. has been distributed.

Meeting attendees were informed that there were 21,298 candidates in phase one.

In Phase 2, elections will be held in 16 districts in the Karachi and Hyderabad districts.

Murad, Preparing for ECP Review; 37,189 police officers to be deployed in Larkana, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions

Separately, Prime Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided over a law and order meeting on LG Opinion Polls and instructed the police station to maintain law and order during the elections to be held in four divisions and 14 constituencies, with zero tolerance for tolerance.

The meeting was attended by Police Inspector General Ghulam Nabi Memon, Interior Minister Saeed Mangnijo, Karachi Director Iqbal Memon, additional IG-Karachi Javed Odho and related DIG. Commissioners of the departments Mirpurkhas, Larkana, Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad attended the meeting via video link.

The prime minister ordered the Ministry of Home Affairs to impose Article 144 of the Criminal Procedure Act on weapons warfare during the LG election, and asked the police to deploy a rapid response force (QRF) in an emergency.

He directed ministries and police to meet with political parties and organizations participating in the elections to put their trust in their code of conduct.

The prime minister said there would be 8,724 polling stations in all 14 constituencies, of which 1,985 were the most sensitive, 3,448 were and 3,291 were declared normal.

He directed the commissioners and the police to talk to the candidates and party leadership to control the supporters/workers. “If candidates are restrained and understand the situation, the most sensitive polling places will be fewer,” he said.

The Commissioner of the Provincial Police Agency said that 26,545 police officers will be assigned to polling stations, considering their sensitivity, the 1,985 most sensitive polling places, 10,344 polling places, and 6,276 people at 3,291 general polling places. polls.

He said 10,644 QRFs would be deployed, bringing the total number of deployments to 37,189.

The IGP told the prime minister that 12,012 police officers were stationed at the polling stations, including 300 in Karachi, 6,607 police training centers, 305 counter-terrorism departments, 200 crime departments, 4,100 in Hyderabad and 500 in Sindh reserve police. .

He said 4,287 female police officers are also being deployed for election missions.

The prime minister has directed the chief of staff to continue reviewing measures to avoid problems.

He also directed the IGP to mobilize CCTV-equipped vehicles at polling places to closely monitor activity.

Posted at Serb on June 22, 2022