PML-N, PTI sanguine about success: Colour contest and ballot battleArchive
LAHORE: The stage is set for the first phase of local polls in Lahore’s 274 union councils, with the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf dominating the show.
Independent candidates are another force that may give a tough time to the candidates backed by political parties. The PPP is struggling to stay on the political scene as very few of its candidates are contesting the election on party ticket. The PPP, despite making efforts, could not find candidates in most of the union councils, even at councillor seats.
There are 4.34 million registered voters including 1.856 million women in Lahore.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has established 3,269 polling stations, of which 839 have been declared highly sensitive and 2,430 sensitive. Army has also been called in to assist the law-enforcement agencies to monitor the highly sensitive polling stations. More than 20,000 policemen have been assigned the duty of security at polling stations.
The ECP supplied the election material to the polling stations and also released funds to the returning officers to pay remunerations to the polling personnel.