LAHORE - Almost three quarters of the total polling stations can face violent clashes on the vote day for the local bodies’ elections in Punjab, security agencies’ sources told The Nation yesterday.

Elections in the first phase of LB polls are being held tomorrow in 12 districts: Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Pakpattan, Okara, Lodhran, Vehari and Bahawalnagar.

Sources said that more than 11,851 (72.85 percent) of the total 16,266 polling stations have been marked sensitive where the supporters of contesting candidates can engage in major and minor violent clashes.

Of these, 3,551 polling stations have been declared ‘highly sensitive’, put in the Category A of the watch list and marked in Red.

As many as 8,300 are ‘sensitive’, put in Category B and marked in blue, where there is a possibility of small scale violence.

The rest 4,415 polling places are ‘Normal’ (Category C, marked in Green) where there is no threat of any violence and smooth polling process in expected.

In terms of percentage, 21.83 percent stations are marked Red and 51 percent Blue.

The threat of collision at most of the Red polling stations emanates from the supporters of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and its main rival Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. This castigatory also include some voting points that could come under attack by militant sleeper cells.

Lahore, Chakwal and Vehari districts are most dangerous polling grounds as none of them carries even a single Green station. Gujrat, Lodhran and Pakpattan have Reds and Greens but no Blue station.

Faisalabad has highest total 3,915 polling stations with only nine of these marked Green.

Interestingly, Gujrat seems to be most peaceful district as 1,068 of its total 1,250 polling stations have been marked Green.

Sensitivity of polling stations

City      Total   Red   Blue   Green

Lahore   3,269 839   2,430   0

Chakwal 823   265   558      0

Vehari   1,085 74    811       0

Okara   1,115 99    1,015     0

Faisalabad 3,915 1,029 2,827 9

Kasur   1,250  265  224      761

Nankana Sahib 607 125 131 351

Bhakkar   591  53   160    378

Bahawalnagar 1,102 49 94 959

Lodhran 576 121 0 455

Pakpattan 683  250     0      433

Gujrat    1,25 0 182    0      1,068