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2015 GBLA elections: Authorities recommend deployment of army at polling stations in Gilgit, Diamer

According a report in Dawn News, authorities have recommended deployment of army at polling stations in Gilgit and Diamer districts in the upcoming elections of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly slated for June 8.

“The administration has forwarded a summary to Chief Election Commissioner Syed Tahir Ali Shah recently, recommending deployment of army at polling stations in Diamer and Gilgit,” an official said.

Authorities fear law and order situation at the polling stations in the two districts during the polls, sources said.

“The chief election commissioner has approved the summary. It has been decided that army would be deployed at the polling stations in Diamer and Gilgit,” the official said.

He said that the chief election commissioner also directed the administration officials to analyze the situation in other districts as well, so that army could be deployed there too, if necessary.

The election commission also allowed religious organization Tehreek-i-Islami to contest the elections, said the official. It should be noted that the previous month, the GB home department imposed ban on activities of 11 religious and militant organizations, including Tehreek-i-Islami.

Sources said that 12 candidates of the organization had submitted nomination papers for contesting the elections.

GB Chief Election Commissioner Tahir Ali Shah told Dawn that Tehreek-i- Islami had made a requested for allowing it to take part in the elections. It was allowed to take part in the elections according to law, he added.

He said that Tehreek-i- Islami was a political party, registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan. The party had also taken part in the general elections in the country.

Mr Shah said that GB election commission could not bar any political party from contesting elections.

Meanwhile, IGP Zafar Iqbal Awan has said that police will utilise all available resources to maintain peace during the elections.

According a press release, he told a meeting that election cell was established at Central Police Office to monitor poll-related activities. Besides, police were setting up a control room, which would be connected with the other control rooms in all districts, he added.

The IGP said that no one, except the relevant voters, would be allowed to enter any polling station without written permission of the election commission.

He directed the superintendents of police in all districts to take effective measures and make foolproof security plans in their areas for peaceful elections.

Source: Dawn

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