LAHORE - Punjab Election Commissioner Masood Ahmed Malik yesterday said a total of 960 polling stations have been declared ‘highly sensitive’ and another 3000 polling buildings declared ‘sensitive’ for the second round of local bodies’ polls in 12 districts of the province to be held on November 19.

A meeting in this regard was attended by Chief Election Commissioner, Secretary Election Commission, Home Secretary and IG Punjab, RPOs and DROs of the 12 districts and provincial election commissioner. During the media briefing they said that there are 12000 polling stations and the services of more than one lac and ten thousand election officers have been engaged for the second phase of local elections.

For foolproof security arrangement, the IG said 40 companies of Pak Army and six companies of Rangers will act as Quick Response Force focusing highly sensitive and sensitive polling buildings. More than one lac personnel of the police will be deployed for overall security. Lady police will be deployed at women polling stations identified as dangerous by the District Returning Officers. A force of five thousand police will be deputed for the post vote security duties, he added.

Secretary Election Commission said election in Union Councils which were suspended due to court orders for printing wrong ballot papers, will be held on December 14 or 15 after the third phase of local bodies’ polls. The third and final phase of the local bodies’ elections will be held on December 5. The personnel of police, representatives of District Coordination Officers and District Returning Officers will accompany vehicles carrying votes, he added. Home Secretary said polling camps can be set up 300 metres away from the polling stations, while proposal for imposing Section 144 in districts of the second phase polling is under consideration and an announcement regarding its fate will be made soon.