Rawalpindi: As many as 17,000 police officers and cops would perform security duty at 1,763 polling stations in 157 union councils of Rawalpindi district during Local Government elections on December 5, the polling day. The police officers and cops would also be assisted by national volunteers, Punjab Constabulary, Muhafiz Squad, Elite Force, Special Branch and ladies police to tackle with any untoward situation during polling day, informed Police Spokesman SI Imran Haider yesterday. Control rooms have also been set up to monitor security duties as well as polling process.

Moreover, the companies of Army and Pakistan Rangers would remain on call for peaceful conduct of the Local Bodies (LBs) polls in the district, he informed. He said that following the instructions of City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi the police have finalised all arrangements to maintain law and order during LBs polls in the district. He said that there were 114 polling stations of A+ category while 372 of A and 1277 polling stations were of B category in the district.

He said that police have divided Rawalpindi into six zones. “Moreover, the law enforcers have made 35 sectors and 72 sub-sectors in the city for securing the polling stations,” he added. He said that police would patrol in each sector and sub-sector to maintain law and order situation. “Special pickets would also be installed on all exit and entry points of the city to check the vehicles,” he said, adding that police would conduct detail body search of every voter before entering the polling stations.

“The LBs 2015 Code of Conduct will be implemented in its true letter and spirit and all candidates must obey it,” he mentioned. He said no aerial firing or rallies would be allowed after results of elections in the district. All the private and public sector educational institutions would remain close on Friday as Local Government elections scheduled to be held on December 5 in Rawalpindi. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall issued notification yesterday that all educational institutions would remain close on Friday due to preparations for conduct of Local Government elections in the district. “All the government-run schools in the city and rural areas have already been declared as polling stations and teachers and education department officials would be engaged in election duties on Friday,” said DCO Sajid Zafar Dall. He said that law enforcers would thoroughly check premises of polling stations.

The DCO said that the section 144 had been imposed in the district and there was complete ban on even display of licensed arms. He said that the police had been asked to collect all the arms and ammunition from the candidates. “There will be ban on gathering around 300 yards of the polling stations to avoid any clash between the candidates and the political parties’ workers,” he said.