RAJANPUR

District police said that peace would be maintained at all costs and the implementation of the election code of conduct ensured especially regarding display of weapons and misuse of loudspeakers.

As many as 579 polling stations have been planned in district Rajanpur including 571 of 68 union councils in settled area and 8 of one union council in tribal area. A total of 780,907 registered voters, out of them 426,625 males and 354252 females, will use their right in the District Council and five municipal committees namely Rajanpur, Jampur, Fazil Pur, Rojahan and Kot Mittan on December 5 in the third phase local bodies elections.

A total of 237 candidates of chairman/vice chairman and 1,430 of general seats are contesting in 69 union councils while 352 candidates are contesting for municipal committees seats. Two female candidates are in the run for chairmanship/vice chairmanship of union council while three female candidates are also contesting the elections on general seats.

The police police officer said that that 571 polling stations of settled area have been divided into three categories - ‘A+’ (highly sensitive), ‘A’ (deemed sensitive) and ‘B’ (normal). Out of total 571 polling stations, 40 have been marked A+ plus and another 186 have been marked A while 345 polling stations have been declared normal. Sixteen police stations of the district have been divided into two zones including 12 sectors and 23 sub sectors to maintain law and order.

He added that more than 5,500 police personnel including two superintendents of police, 13 SDOPs, 307 police officers, 347 head constables and 2,037 constables, 40 teams of Elite Police Police, Muhafiz Squad, Traffic Police, Punjab Highway Patrolling Police, Special Branch, Additional Reserve Police and 2 companies of Pakistan Army will be deployed for security on the election day.

The Pak Army troops would be on standby duty in district headquarters. He said that a control room/monitoring cell would work round the clock at DPO Office. Officials would be available there so that in case of disturbance steps could be initiated to control the situation. He also directed the candidates to submit their arms at their respective police stations. He said that there will be a ban on carrying and displaying of firearms under Section 144 throughout the district and the ban will also be applicable to the licensed weapons. No candidate can take out procession or rally for celebrating victory. There will also be a ban on aerial firing and gathering of five or more persons on polling day near polling station within the limit of 300 meters.