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The Election Commission has sought the help of the Army in the local body and by-elections


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sought help from the Army for security in the by-elections of provincial and national constituencies.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja sent a letter to Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, in which Sindh local body elections, by-elections in 20 constituencies of Punjab, NA-245 Karachi by-elections, PK-7 Swat by-elections. Security requested.

In the letter, the Chief Election Commissioner appreciated the cooperation of Pakistan Army during the last elections and said that Pakistan Army played an exemplary role in the most sensitive polling stations in the by-elections including the last general elections. In the recent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan local body elections, the Pakistan Army also provided security services in an efficient manner.
He expressed hope in the letter that the Pakistan Army would render its best services in the forthcoming by-elections and local body elections as well.

It should be noted that the services of Pakistan Army are being sought in view of insecurity and violence in Karachi and Lahore by-elections. By-elections in 20 constituencies of Punjab are scheduled for July 17. The second phase of local body elections in Sindh is scheduled for July 24 and by-elections in NA-245 Karachi on July 27.

Election Commission’s letter to Sindh Chief Minister

The Chief Election Commissioner demanded from Sindh Chief Minister to call Rangers and Pak Army for Sindh local body elections and National Assembly seat 245 Karachi by-elections.

In a letter to Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Election Commissioner said that he has directed immediate action on the incidents of unrest, firing and ballot box snatching in the recent by-elections of NA-240.

The letter said that exemplary action should be taken against those responsible for interference and unrest in polling and in this regard, if necessary, services should be sought from Sindh Rangers and Pak Army at sensitive polling stations.

In a letter to Sindh Chief Minister, it has been directed to ensure foolproof security in the upcoming NA-245 Karachi by-elections.

The Chief Election Commissioner in his letter said that all possible steps should be taken for a peaceful environment in the upcoming local body elections and NA-245 by-elections in Sindh.

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