Army to remain on alert during LG polls in Hazara Division

Of 69 polling stations in Abbottabad, 33 have been declared sensitive; pillion-riding, rallies are banned for two days

Muhammad Sadaqat February 20, 2016
PHOTO: AFP

ABBOTTABAD: The army will remain on alert as a quick response force across Hazara Division to ensure peace during the local government (LG) elections tomorrow (Sunday), police sources said on Saturday.

According to the data gathered from the office of District Returning Officer Abbottabad, a total number of 69 polling stations will be set up for the election in 22 village councils of the district.

Of 69 polling stations that will be set up in Abbottabad, 33 booths have been declared sensitive.

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While talking to The Express Tribune, sources said section 144 has been imposed in the region and pillion-riding, carrying weapons, and holding rallies or processions have been prohibited for two days.

To assist the police and elite forces to maintain law and order, army troops will remain on alert to control the situation in case of any untoward incident.

In Mansehra, Haripur and Battagram districts, similar precautions have been taken to ensure peace and stability during the LG polls.

Of 54 polling stations in Mansehra district’s 12 union councils, 18 are declared most sensitive and 36 as sensitive.

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In Haripur, 11 polling booths are declared most sensitive and four sensitive out of the total 28 polling stations.

Similarly, in Battagram district of the Hazara Division, of the total number of 11 polling stations, two are categorised as most sensitive and the remaining nine as sensitive.

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