ISLAMABAD - Elaborate arrangements have made to ensure free, fair and transparent local bodies' election being held in cantonment areas across the country today. According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), polling will start at eight in the morning and would continue till 5 pm. ECP said that 1,151 candidates are in the run for Cantonment Board elections. According to the ECP, these included 541 candidates of political parties and 610 independents.

There are 18 political parties that have fielded five or more candidates for these elections. In all, PTI has fielded 137 candidates in the four provinces, followed by PML (N) 128, PPP 89, JI 74, MQM and PAT 27 each, ANP 13, MMA 9 and AML 7 candidates. The Commission has set up 1,225 polling stations in the four provinces to hold Cantonment Board elections. There are 130 polling stations, which have been declared sensitive, the highest being 102 in Punjab. The ECP has also set up an Election Cell at its Secretariat in Islamabad to receive complaints on the polling day on Saturday. The Cell will also receive preliminary results. Meanwhile, 12,400 troops of Pakistan Army and Rangers will be employed on security duty for local government elections in 42 cantonments. According to the ISPR, troops have been requisitioned by ECP. They will ensure security and assist election commission in smooth conduct of elections.