LAHORE - In a peculiar move when various parties and groups are still holding meetings for seat adjustments in accelerated electoral activities for the polls in Cantonment Boards, PTI has demanded of the Election Commission to depute Rangers for overseeing the electoral process on April 25.

PTI City president Aleem Khan has written a letter to the Punjab Election Commissioner, Corps Commander Lahore and Station Commander Lahore for getting the services of the Rangers to oversee the local elections especially in 20 wards of provincial capital’s Cantonment Board.

This ironic demand has surprised many even in the party itself.

When contacted, PTI senior leaders said: “We too are surprised to hear the news of Aleem’s demand.”

Called it a foolish demand, they added that Aleem’s demand reflects his lack of information and knowledge about the process of local bodies polls’ in Cantonment Boards “where he spent most of his property dealing career before parachuting in the PTI to cover his business-related crimes”.

PTI leaders who have been part of Cantonment Boards politics since long said, “What plans could be expected from a City chapter president like Aleem who doesn’t know that Cantonment Board authorities will supervise the polling process that fall under the jurisdiction of military establishment.

“Aleem is asking the military to get assistance of the paramilitary (Rangers). Isn’t it funny or completely foolish?” they remarked.

“The factor that could become more damaging than the possible rigging in the local elections is infighting among the party ranks. We have already failed to strike deal with JI because of the confrontation between the groups of Ijaz Chaudhary and Aleem Khan,” they further said.

They suggested that Aleem and his likes should focus more on the election campaign gaps and election day strategy.

“Holes in party boat because of the infighting should be done away at the earliest if the party desired good results out of the local bodies’ elections as Punjab carries the largest number of seats and losing and winning in the province should matters a lot to the party high command,” one of the PTI leader added.

Meanwhile, election campaign by several candidates in Lahore Cantonment Board and Walton Cantonment Board - the two zones of provincial capital’s boards - is in top gear as there are six days left in the polling.

The streets in the two zones of the Cantonment Boards are full of posters and flexes of various candidates, while the maximum number of the posters and flexes belong to the PML-N and PTI candidates with PPP and independent contenders.

A marathon of corner meetings even at late night with small public gatherings by various political parties, is also seen in 20 wards of the two zones to attract large number of the voters to grab maximum share in the result of elections on April 25.

The vicinities - falling under the two jurisdictions of Lahore Cantonment Board and Walton Cantonment Board - give a real festive look which is seen more enthusiastic on the weekends.

Though the PML-N and PTI seem to be the main contestants of the upcoming local polls in Cantonment Boards, parties like PPP, JI and some independent candidates could make some upsets in the capital and across the province.