KARACHI/LAHORE: Polling for the third and final phase of local bodies (LB) elections ended in 12 districts of Punjab and six of Karachi.
In Karachi, elections were held for one metropolitan corporation (KMC), six district municipal corporations (DMCs) — Karachi West, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi Central, Korangi and Malir — besides district councils covering the rural areas.
Polling for 247 union committees/ councils and 988 wards started at 7:30am and continued till 5:30pm without any break. Over 33 percent seats for women and 5 percent each for peasants, youth and minorities have been allotted in the KMC and six DMCs.
Amidst an ongoing operation against the criminal elements and rising sense of security, a vast majority of 7,082,319 eligible voters are expected to exercise their right of franchise today.
Eighteen candidates were elected unopposed in Karachi Central followed by 13 in West, nine in South, six in Malir and two in East.
Voters in urban areas of Karachi voted to elect a total of 1,210 members while those inhabiting its rural areas voted for 304 seats in 38 union councils.
The contenders contested for 209 union committees of urban areas and 38 union councils for the rural areas that only fall within the West and Malir districts of Karachi.
The 12 districts of Punjab, where elections were held, included Layyah, Rajanpur, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rawalpindi, Jhang, Khushab, Multan, Sialkot, Narowal, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur.
On Friday evening, reports of polling material being shifted on rickshaws and motorcycles were received from Multan and Bahawalpur. In Rahim Yar Khan, two ambulances of a private hospital were used to transport the polling material.
The Sindh government, in consultation with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), deployed 35,057 police personnel and 7,400 Rangers at polling stations in Karachi.
The security personnel were deployed at all 4,037 polling stations of the metropolis, of which 1,714 have been declared as most sensitive and 1,329 sensitive.
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