Polling for first phase of LB elections in Punjab begins

LAHORE – The first phase of local government elections started in Lahore’s 274 union councils, and neck-and-neck competition is expected between Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaaf.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) established 3,269 polling stations across the city. There are around 4.34 million registered voters including 1.859 million women in Lahore.

According to ECP, 839 polling stations have been declared very sensitive in Lahore, while 2,430 polling stations have been notified as sensitive.

Army has been deployed to monitor the highly sensitive polling elections. More than 20,000 policemen have been employed at the polling stations to ensure security.

The ECP supplied all the election material to the polling stations and asked the election staff to report immediately to the returning officer in case of lack of election material.

Both the parties are hopeful to get mass public support. The parties excessively spent on election campaigns and also attracted the supporters with their promises.

In different areas of Lahore, the candidates of PTI and PML-N erected banners while filling the streets with songs and dances.

Majority of the polling staff reached the polling stations at night to start the polling process on time. While polling process could not start on time due to absence of election staff. The polling process would continue till 5:30pm.

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