MANDI BAHAUDDIN: District Returning Officer Muzaffar Khan Sial said that district administration would remain impartial during the local bodies elections to be held on November 19.

Talking to the media at District Complex Conference Hall, he said the elections would be held in transparent, impartial and fair manner and the people themselves would see and observe it. He said under the instructions of ECP, all the candidates would deposit their licensed arms three days earlier the election day. Section 144 has been imposed according to which no person would be allowed to carry arm during process of elections. About arrangements for the election, the DCO said 554 polling stations had been set up for 80 union councils and three municipal committees in the district.

Among these, 35 polling stations have been declared as highly sensitive, 212 as sensitive while the remaining 301 are normal. Besides police, three army companies would remain standby to meet any untoward incident.–Staff Report

He said at the end of election, the winners will not be allowed to celebrate their victory. A ban has also been put on losers to stage protest demonstration of any kind, he said.

Assembling of five persons or more within three hundred yards radius of the polling station is also banned, he said and added that the measure was being taken on the basis of lessons drawn from first phase of LB elections. He said presiding officers have been vested with powers of a magistrate to award up to three months rigorous imprisonment to a person to be found violating the election rules.

He said a control room has been established in DRO Office to compile the final results. He said returning officers have been directed to remain in their offices for providing information regarding elections to the media persons.