By Shabbir Mir
GILGIT: The Election Commission of Gilgit-Baltistan has finalised plans to disseminate postal ballot papers in various polling stations across the region.
Muhammad Hussain, senior postmaster at Pakistan Postal Service, held a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Tahir Shah on Thursday, assuring him of full cooperation in this regard. A statement issued by the election commission earlier in the day emphasised Shah’s willingness to ensure timely and transparent delivery of postal ballot papers at all stations.
“During the meeting, Hussain assured Shah postal ballot papers will be disseminated in a timely manner in all districts and stations,” said an official at the election commission.
According to the official, the commission has planned to dispatch papers to returning officers through government postal service facilities before legislative assembly elections scheduled for June 8.
Code of conduct
The Gilgit DC has asked political and religious parties to comply with the code of conduct issued by the election commission. According to an official, the administration will take action against parties which violate the code.
“Steps are being taken to ensure free and fair elections in a peaceful manner,” the official added.
At least 23 cars were handed over to their owners by the G-B police on Thursday. A majority of these vehicles had been stolen from various parts of the country and were recently recovered in Gilgit.
According to Mubarak Jan, a police spokesperson, the cars had been stolen from various parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.
“On the directives of G-B IGP Zafar Iqbal Awan, traffic police scrutinised documents of 27 vehicles which were impounded,” he said. “We found that 23 of these vehicles had been stolen.”
The G-B police contacted the relevant police stations and informed them the stolen vehicles were in G-B.
“The cars were handed over by the IGP to the owners,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2015.