Local Body Elections Vote Count Starts as Polling Time Ends

Local Body Elections Vote Count Starts as Polling Time Ends

Polling time for local body elections in cantonment boards across the country has ended and counting of votes has started.

1569 candidates are in the fray in 205 wards of 41 cantonment boards of the country. The polling process started at 8 am and continued till 5 pm. Voters inside the polling station were able to cast their votes.

Due to three days of continuous rains in Lahore, the process was delayed at some polling stations due to flooding in different areas, while in Multan the polling process was suspended due to two clashes at the polling station of Ward No. 4.

Malik Azad, the PML-N candidate for the Gujranwala cantonment election, alleged that the polling staff was preventing voters from casting their votes.

Malik Azad further said that objections were being raised against votes without any reason. “When I went inside to complain, I was also stopped,” he said.

Strict security arrangements were made at the polling booths.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had directed the provincial governments to install cameras at the most sensitive polling stations and said that the presiding officers would announce the results after counting.

In the cantonment board elections, there are 684 independent candidates from across the country in the fray while 876 candidates from political parties are contesting.

The highest number of candidates is 183 from PTI. The rest are 144 from PML-N, 113 from PPP, and 104 from Jamaat-e-Islami.

83 candidates of the banned Tehreek-e-Lubaik Pakistan are also contesting, 42 candidates of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, 35 candidates of Pak Sarzamin Party, 34 candidates of PML-Q, and 25 candidates of JUI.

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