BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: At least 6000 army personnel will be deployed in polling station across Gilgit - Baltistan [G-B] as Pakistan army has been called in to supervise the upcoming elections in the region, officials said on Thursday.
“In view of the security concerns, army’s help has been sought for elections,” said deputy commissioner [DC] Gilgit captain (R) Rana Rizwan on Thursday.
He said the deployment will start from June 1 and will last till June 15.
“The G-B elections are a national activity and we want to make it peaceful and transparent at all cost,” Rizwan told media in Gilgit.
Senior superintendent police [SSP] Mansoor Ul Haq was also in attendance.
The DC said that steps are being taken to ensure that code of conduct issued by the regional election commission is followed in letter and spirit.
“Whenever we see breach of CoC, we inform in writing the concerned returning officers for action against the violators,” said SSP Haq.
The SSP regretted some candidates are involved wall chalking and added a list has been prepared of such candidate and provided to returning officers for necessary action under the law. He said efforts have been focused on arrest before the elections the criminals at large.
Talking to Outpost, the DC said in order to maintain law and order, entry of banned Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi, chief of the banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan has been banned till elections.
The officials said activities of all the politicians, especially religious parties, are being monitored closely to keep them at away from creating a law and order situation.
The decision to hold elections under army supervision was acceptance of what the political and religious parties demanded during the past one month. The parties demand emanated from a fear the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz [PML-N] was going to rig the polls.
This week the regional chief of PML-N Hafeez ur Rehman also joined the chorus of voices and demanded placement of army personnel in all the polling stations of the region.
The elections across G-B will be held on June 8.
Published in Outpost on May 29, 2015