RAWALPINDI/ ISLAMABAD: Voters are set for polling on Thursday in Rawalpindi Division and the federal capital for three refugee seats in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.
Over 44,000 Kashmiri refugees will cast their vote in Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Jhelum, Attock, Murree, Hassanabdal, Taxila, Gujar Khan, Sohawa, Pind Dadan Khan, Dina and Islamabad to elect three representatives out of nine candidates from Jammu-6, Valley-4 and Valley-5 constituencies.
The election commission and district administrations have completed arrangements for peaceful polling. The election commission has declared over a dozen polling stations highly sensitive.
The polling will start at 8am and will continue until 5pm without any interval.
The election body has set up 101 polling stations for the three constituencies in Rawalpindi. Over 600 polling officers will conduct the polls.
The total number of registered voters in the constituency of Jammu-6 is 30,776, in Valley-4 the number of voters is 3,563, and in Valley-5, the number of registered voters is 4,469.
Pakistan Army will supervise the election and hand over all election material to the polling officers.
The election commission had also placed a ban on displaying arms and setting up election camps within a radius of 200 metres of the polling stations.
In Chakwal 3,680 voters will cast their vote at six polling stations. Dadhial polling station has been declared sensitive.
In Attock, 15 polling stations have been set up where 4,663 voters (2,409 male and 2,254 female) will cast their votes to elect two representatives from LA-6 and Valley-5. Foolproof security measures have been taken to ensure smooth polling. Over 300 police personnel have been deployed at polling stations.
In Kallar Syedan 3,338 voters will cast their vote at six polling stations.
In Murree, 7,400 voters vote at eight polling stations for the three constituencies. Three candidates are contesting.
In Gujar Khan, 9,022 voters are registered at 20 polling stations.
Of the nine polling stations set up in Islamabad, two have been declared sensitive.
Kashmiri refugees residing in the federal capital will vote for Jammu-6 and Valley-5.
Two polling stations have been set up at Rawat and one each at G-9/2, Khanna Dak and Kot Hathial for Jammu-6.
Polling station 1 at Islamabad Model College for Girls G-9/2 has been declared sensitive.
A letter written by the Special Branch of the police to Inspector-General of Police Tariq Masood Yasin has warned against possible violence at this polling station.
Voters, mostly from the Raja and Abbasi families, will cast the ballot at G-9/2 polling station, which has 167 registered votes.
A total of 4,186 votes is registered at the five polling stations.
Three candidates — Raja Muhammad Siddique of the PML-N, Fakharuz Zaman of the PPP and Abdul Hameed Pothi of the PTI/MC — will contest elections in this constituency.
For Valley-5, one polling station each has been set up at G-6/2, Bhara Kahu, Zia Masjid and Rawat.
The G-6/2 polling station has been declared sensitive.
Polling will continue from 8am until 5pm.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2016.
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