AJK set to hold general elections tomorrow

The by-elections were held for two constituencies in AJK. Source: FILE. 

MIRPUR: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir Election Commission has made all arrangements for holding free, fair and impartial elections for the AJK Legislative Assembly tomorrow July 25.

Over 3.02 million registered voters both male and female in all 33 constituencies of Azad Jammu and Kashmir including 12 constituencies meant for Pakistan-based J&K refugees would exercise their right of franchise to elect the 53-seat AJK Legislative Assembly.

The polling will start at 8:00 AM in the morning and will continue till 5:00 PM without any pause. The registered voters shall have to produce original computerized national identity card at the polling station at the time of exercising the right to vote.

The Pakistan Army, civil armed forces with the coordination of the local law-enforcement agencies including AJK police, Punjab constabulary, KP and Frontier Constabulary have started reaching at all 45 constituencies to assist civil administration for maintaining law and order and holding of the polls in absolutely free, fair, peaceful and transparent manner.

The polling staff is all set to move for their respective polling stations of their duties set up across AJK and in the constituencies of refugees dwelling in all four provinces of Pakistan. Around 829 polling stations had been declared most sensitive and 1,200 sensitive The AJK Election Commission has set up a control room to receive election results from all the district returning officers soon after the polling.

SSP Raja Irfan Salim said police have released a fool-proof security plan. He said that polling stations have been set up by the AJK Election Commission in all four constituencies of Mirpur district comprising Dadayal, Chakswari, Mirpur city and Khari Shareef to facilitate registered voters in the district.

Meanwhile, Islamabad police has devised a security plan for the polling stations to be set up in the federal capital in connection with the elections. According to the police, nine polling stations would be set up in the capital city where 329 personnel including 45 from Pakistan Rangers and capital police officials would be deployed. Additional police force would also be on the standby to meet any emergency situation.

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