ECP seeks army deployment at five sensitive polling stations in Punjab
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sought deployment of Pakistan Army outside the polling stations in five sensitive constituencies of Lahore and Multan to prevent any untoward incident during the upcoming by-elections.
According to the report, in a late night decision, the Election Commission demanded deployment of army in 5 constituencies out of 20, these constituencies include 4 in Lahore and one in Multan.
In a letter written to Chief Secretary Punjab and Chief of Police, ECP has said that it has come to its notice that there are armed persons in various constituencies including Lahore.
The letter added that it was also reported that some notable persons were planning to bring miscreants from other regions/provinces to spread violence and panic on polling day. Such criminal activities are not acceptable at any cost.
The letter further states that the presence of armed men may hinder the peaceful conduct of elections while it is also a violation of the election code of conduct.
In its letter, the Election Commission has asked the provincial administration and law enforcement agencies to take notice of such criminal activities, directing them to immediately arrest such miscreants and prevent their entry into the constituencies.