PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued details about local bodies elections in cantonment areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The ECP said elections for 33 wards of cantonment boards in seven districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be held on September 12 (Sunday). The election campaign would culminate at midnight tonight. More than 113,000 voters will be able to use their right to choose their representatives.
Total 169 candidates are vying in the seven districts. 131 polling stations have been established in the province, out of which 54 are for men, 52 for women and 25 are joint polling stations. Elections would be held on five general seats in Peshawar, four in Nowshera, three in Risalpur, two in Mardan, three in Kohat, two in Bannu, two in DI Khan, 10 in Abbottabad and two in Havelian Cantt.
The process of polling would continue from 8:00 am to 5:00pm uninterruptedly. A control room has been established at the provincial election commission office to address complaints on the election day.
Surprisingly, there is no woman candidate in the LB elections. On one hand, political parties are talking about women’s rights, participation in politics, fighting alongside men, participation in national development and other issues, but no party has fielded any female candidate out of 169 contestants.
The returning officers would announce the final results on September 17.
It should be noted that there are a total of forty three cantonments in Pakistan. On July 26, the process of submitting nomination papers for Cantonment Boards elections had started across Pakistan.
The candidates submitted their nomination papers till July 29. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had appointed chief executive officer of the cantonment boards as returning officers for the elections in their respective areas and two-day training for them had already been completed.
Submission of nomination papers continued from July 26 to 29. Names of the candidates were made public on July 30. The nomination papers were examined from July 31 to August 3.
Appeals against approval or rejection of the nomination papers were filed from August 4 to August 7, on which decision were announced by August 10. A list of the candidates, whose papers were approved, was published on August 11. Then, a list of the final candidates was published on August 13 and they were allotted their election symbols.