PESHAWAR: Re-polling for about 360 polling stations for local government elections get underway in 14 districts of the Khyber Pakthunkhwa province amid tight security arrangements on Thursday.
The polling was started at 8am and will continue in 14 districts including Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Hangu, Karak, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, DI Khan, Abbottabad, Manshera, and Buner districts till 5pm without any break.
Polling on the above polling stations in these districts were postponed due to various reasons. The people are coming in large number to the polling stations and casting their votes. In addition to police, army personnel are also deployed for provision of security to voters and election staff in the polling stations. The women are coming in large number also and casting their votes.
The team of APP reporters also visited different polling stations of Peshawar and Nowshera district where election commission have found elaborated arrangements for facilitation of voters.
In Amankot Union Council of Nowshera district where polling was postponed due to non printing of the election symbol of ANP candidate on ballot papers on May 30, the women came out for the first time in large number and are casting their votes.
Great enthusiasm are being witnessed among women and young voters who came for the first time to polling stations to exercise their right of franchise in a free and transparent manner. Khurshid Khan, a young voter told APP that he feel immense pleasure while casting my first vote in UC Amankot. “I cast my vote to fulfill my national obligation,” he said, adding younger voters can bring a positive change in election.
He lauded the effective arrangements of ECP for re-polling of LG elections in UC Amankot.
As per the Presiding Officer Polling Station Deri Mian Ishaq, till 12 over 80 votes were cast and expressed optimism that voters turning out further increase at afternoon. The candidates have setup their polling booths outside the polling stations for education and information of young voters.
In Union Council Amankot, tough contest is expected between PTI candidate Engr Zulfiqar Aziz and ANP Talwat Khan on District Council seat, PTI Jamil Khan and ANP Muhammad Farooq on Tehsil Council seat while Bahadar Khan who enjoyed the support of PTI and Haji Ghulam Akbar Khan with support of ANP, JUI-F and PPP are in logger head for general councilor seat of village council-3 Amankot. As per the Presiding Officer, voters inside premises of polling stations would be allowed to case their votes after expiry of the deadline.
In KP, the total registered voters are 465600 including 211317 male and 254283 male for whom the ECP has setup 360 polling stations including 89 for male, 170 for female, 101 combined besides 1290 polling booths.
In Peshawar, as many as 73320 registered voters including 43888 male and 29432 female would exercise their right of franchise. The ECP has established 29 polling stations and 108 polling booths for the registered voters in Peshawar.
The polling staff including 360 presiding officer, 3870 assistant presiding officers and 1290 polling officers and other necessary staff have reached to the concerned polling stations early Thursday morning and started polling as per schedule time. The counting of votes will start soon after completion of polling period.