ECP finalizes election arrangements in erstwhile FATA district
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday said that more than 2.8 million people will vote for the 16 Provincial Assembly seats in merged districts of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) whereas Pakistan Army will take the control of polling stations for security measures.
ECP Spokesperson Nadeem Qasim and ADG elections talking to press conference expressed that PA elections will be conducted in tribal districts for the first time in the history of the country whereas ECP has finalized all arrangements to hold the first ever elections peacefully there.
According to the Provincial Election Commission, polling process will begin at 8am and continue till 5pm without any break. 1,895 polling stations have been established for this purpose.
Tight security measures have been taken to ensure holding of the polling in a peaceful and transparent manner. Besides local police, Pak Army has also been deployed in polling stations to help the administration in maintaining peaceful atmosphere in the elections. Pak Army has been deployed inside and outside of 564 sensitive polling stations, while deployed outside the rest of them.
2,891,000 ballot papers have been printed for 2,801,834 voters. Election Commission officials said that the provincial government is also cooperating with security measures.
As many as 313 candidates would be in the run for the elections, taking place on Saturday. According to available data, a total 2,801,834 voters including 1,130,529 female voters and 1,671,305 male voters would use their right of vote in the historical elections.
According to updated electoral rolls, in PK-100 Bajaur-I total voters 156,237, Male voters 94,937 and female voters 61,300, PK-101 Bajaur-II, total voters 161,047, male voters 94,349 and female voters 66,698, PK-102 Bajaur-II total voters 216,719, male voters 125,358 and female voters 91,361, PK-103 Mohmand –I total voters 110,477, male voters 68,469, female voters 42,008, PK-104 Mohmand-II total voters 170,022, male voters 106,749, female voters 63,273, PK-105 Khyber-I total voters 167, 484, male voters 94,514, female voters 72,970, PK-106, Khyber-II total voters 148,470, male voters 82,818, female voters 65,652, PK-107, Khyber-III total voters 216,133, male voters 123,683, female voters 92,450, PK-108, Kurram-I total voters 172,897, male voters 99,534, female voters 73,363, PK-109, Kurram-II total voters 187, 844, male voters 105,284, female voters 82,560, PK-110, Orakzai total voters 196,436, male voters 110,741, female voters 85,695, PK-111, North Waziristan-I total voters 141,053, male voters 92,845, female voters 48,208, PK-112, North Waziristan-II total voters 179,124, male voters 117,811, female voters 61,313, PK-113, South Waziristan-1 total voters 218,835, male voters 122,197, female voters 96,638, PK-114, South Waziristan-II total voters 167,994, male voters 115,572, female voters 52,422 and PK-115, ex Frontier Regions total voters 191,062, male votes 116444, female voters 74,618.