LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed satisfaction over conduct of first phase of Local Bodies elections in a peaceful environment in 12 districts of the province.

“With the grace of Allah Almighty and hard work of concerned institutions, polling process remained peaceful, upon which, Provincial Cabinet Committee on Law & Order, administration, police and law enforcement agencies of concerned districts deserve congratulation,” the CM said in a statement issued yesterday. He said that success and defeat in Local Bodies polls was meaningless.

“It is the victory of democratic system which will result in further strengthening democracy and democratic institutions,” he added.

Along with concerned institutions and departments of Punjab government, federal institutions also ensured peaceful conduct of local bodies’ elections and took exemplary steps for the protection of life and property of the people, the CM held.

Shahbaz Sharif said that worst arrangements were seen during Local Bodies elections held by KPK government - the claimant of making “New Pakistan” - and precious human lives were lost due to firing.

The CM says that during first phase on Saturday, Punjab government performed the process of LB polls efficiently in a peaceful environment. He is confident that similar arrangements will be made during second phase of local bodies’ elections and protection of life and property of the people will be ensured.