SARGODHA/SIALKOT/BAHWALPUR

Polling for the local bodies elections in cantonment areas of Punjab was held in different cities in peaceful manner here on Saturday.

The Army troops assisted the police and administration in maintaining peace and order during the elections.

As per details, in Sargodha a polling station for Cantt Board local bodies election was established at funeral prayer place in Bajwa Colony and candidates set up their election camps in the adjoining graveyard.

The Cantt Board authorities informed that the polling station was established at janazgah due to unavailability of official building in the area. Meanwhile number of people haphazardly committed petty desecration of graves on their way to polling station to cast their votes while elders of area verbally forbid them in this regard.

In Sialkot, the polling for the Cantt Board election was held in a transparent and impartial manner at all the 16 polling stations (two male, two female and two joint polling stations each) in all the five wards of Sialkot Cantt amid tight security.

Police and paramilitary troops patrolled in the Sialkot Cantt areas to ensure peace at all the polling stations.

Sialkot DPO Dr Shehzad Asif Khan informed that no untoward incident was reported from any polling station.

In Bahawalpur, the Cantt Board elections were held in a peaceful manner in all 16 polling stations in Bahawalpur where security remained tight throughout the day.

Parking for voters was established 500 meters away from the polling stations due to which elderly voters faced difficulties in reaching polling stations.

Pakistan Army officials were remained inside polling stations while police ensured security of the outside as a result of which no unpleasant incident was reported throughout the day. According to experts, the turnout remained between 50 to 60%.