RAWALPINDI - The returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (AROs) have been appointed for local bodies elections 2015 in five cantonment boards of the district, sources informed The Nation on Tuesday.

The ROs and AROs were appointed by district election commission (DEC) following the orders of chief election commissioner (CEC) of Pakistan, they said.

The LBs elections are likely to be held on April 25, 2015 in the five cantonment boards of the district including Rawalpindi, Chaklala, Wah Cannt, Murree and Taxila Cantonments.

According to sources, the ROs and AROs were directed to participate in two days training in Islamabad.

The 5 cantonment boards comprised of 34 wards of which 10 each in Chaklala, Rawalpindi and Wah Cantonments whereas 2 each in Taxila and Murree cantonments.

According to DEC orders, each RO assisted by two AROs would monitor 5 wards in Rawalpindi, Chaklala and Wah Cantonment boards.

Those who are appointed as ROs included Tayyaba Naseer Sindhu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cannt Cantonment Board, Faheem Zafar Khan,  CEO Chaklala Cantonment Board, (CCB) Rana Khalil Ahmad, Additional CEO Jawwad Aslam Butt, Ramiz Shafqat, Additional CEO Rawalpindi Cantt, CEO Wah Sajjad Ahmad Khan, CEO Taxila Syed Zaki Haider and CEO Murree Shakeel Anwar.

An official of DEC told The Nation on condition of anonymity that ballot papers would be printed after finalising polling schedule and voter lists. However, he was unsure whether elections would be held or not as the government as well as cantonment authorities were showing reluctance in this regard. He said that number of voters have increased manifold while wards number were the same. He said there were 2.6 million registered voters and new voters were being registered.

He said that DEC was trying to finalise voters’ lists as soon as possible so that the election could be held in free and fair manner.

Meanwhile, DEC has received no direction from its head office but the official said the delimitation process would begin once elections at CBs were completed.

He said that without census the elections would not be genuine and if new census was not launched then elections would be prepared on basis on 1998 census.