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18,000 in run as Balochistan goes to LG elections today

07 December, 2013

QUETTA: Balochistan will hold the local government elections today (Saturday), and as many as 3.2 million people would vote for 18,000 candidates of councils, union councils and urban and rural wards.

According to the official sources, as many as 11,847 polling booths have been established in the entire province and 50,000 security personnel would be on guard to ensure the elections are peaceful and transparent. The ballot papers have been dispatched to all polling stations. The official sources said that 5,718 presiding officers and 1,554 assistant presiding officers and 12,376 polling officers have been deputed at the polling stations across the province.

Two different green and white papers are being issued during the elections for the district council and union council ballot papers, whereas the urban areas would only have a single ballot paper. It may be mentioned here that as many as 2,507 candidates have already been elected unopposed and the competition would be now for 4,168 seats. As many as 513 constituencies are included among those areas where no nomination papers were submitted at all.

The authorities in the election commission have said that all the ballot papers have been dispatched to the districts through helicopters and planes of the Civil Aviation Authority. The provincial election commission has declared nine districts as sensitive, which include Turbat, Killa Saifullah, Kachi, Panjgur, Awaran, Khuzdar, Kohlu and Dera Bugti. The election commission sources said all the returning officers have been directed to implement strictly the rules and regulations during the polls.

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