ECP summons DIG over electioneering allegations

Commission declares 647 polling stations in Hazara as ‘most sensitive’

Staff Report
Islamabad/Abbottabad

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) while hearing a case on government officials electioneering for the upcoming polls has summoned the DIG Establishment over allegations of running an election campaign for his father and nephew.

A three-member bench of the ECP headed by Abdul Ghaffar Soomro conducted the hearing of a petition against Punjab Establishment DIG Babar Bux Qureshi, who is allegedly campaigning for his father and nephew for the upcoming polls.

Several cases, related to the DIG electioneering petition, have been registered against the voters and supporters of Qureshi.

The counsel for petitioner has asked the ECP to act as a neutral entity and initiate action against the DIG as per the law.

The hearing of the case has been adjourned till July 17.

647 stations in Hazara ‘most sensitive’

ECP on Thursday declared 647 polling stations as highly sensitive in all six districts of Hazara division where total number of polling stations is 2800 for the July 25 elections. This was stated by the Regional Election Commissioner (REC) Abdul Hafeez while talking to state-run media here.

According to the breakup of the REC statistics of polling stations, in the district, Abbottabad total number of stations is 781, wherein ECP has declared 257 polling stations as highly sensitive and 524 polling stations as normal.

He further said that there are 601 polling stations in district Haripur, 89 polling stations declared as most sensitive, 287 sensitive and 225 normal.

The largest number of polling stations 864 would be established in district Manshera where 115 were declared as highly sensitive, 497 sensitive and 252 normal. In district Battagram total number of polling stations are 256, ECP declared 85 as highly sensitive, 97 as sensitive and 74 are normal.

The ECP statistics also showed that in district Torghar 113 polling stations would be established where 19 polling stations declared as highly sensitive, 08 sensitive and 86 as normal. District Kohistan has 185 polling stations where ECP declared 82 as highly sensitive, 68 sensitive and 35 normal.

The KP government and ECP have taken strict measures to stop any untoward during general elections.

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