Rawalpindi - A scuffle occurred between officials of district election commission (DEC) and independent candidates over allotment of election symbols at Chaklala Cantonment Board (CCB), reliable sources disclosed to The Nation on Saturday.

The high-ups of DEC called police to control the situation. The candidates agitated against CCB’s move and chanted slogans. According to sources, more than 25 independent candidates gathered at DEC to get their election symbols. However, a clash occurred between the returning officers (ROs) and the candidates when the later started pressing the formers to allot them the election symbols of their own choice. Reportedly, the candidates scuffled with ROs and other officials.

The RO Jawad Aslam, sources said, phoned SSP (Operations) Karamat Ullah Malik and sought police help to control the violent candidates. The SSP ordered DSP Civil Line Farhan Aslam to go to CCB and maintain law and order situation there.

DSP Farhan Aslam, when contacted, said that a minor clash occurred among candidates of two wards and the ROs on issue of allotments of election symbols. He said that the issue was resolved by police amicably. He said that no injury was reported during the rumpus occurred at CCB.

On the hand, the process of allotment of election symbols has been completed. The ROs allotted election symbols to a total of 71 candidates who would contest elections in wards of Chaklala Cantonment Board (CCB). Similarly, some 90 candidates of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) have been issued election symbols.

The RCB and CCB elections are scheduled to be held on April 25, 2015 during which a total of 161 candidates of different political parties including independent candidates would contest polls for 10 seats each for RCB and CCB. Some 360,000 registered voters in cantonment and garrison will exercise their right to vote.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allotted election symbols to the political parties contesting cantonment board elections.

The ECP has allotted the election symbol of ‘arrow’, to Pakistan People’s Party, ‘lion’ to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, ‘bat’ to Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf and bicycle to Muslim League-Quaid. The polling for cantonment board elections will be held on April 25. The cantonment board elections are scheduled to be held on April 25 across Pakistan.