SIALKOT

Chaudhry Ameer Hussain, a former speaker of the National Assembly and leader of the PTI, termed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) the “B team” of PML-N, alleging that the ECP was fully supporting and patronising ruling party candidates of the local bodies polls here.

Talking to newsmen, he said the ECP was safeguarding the political interest of the PML-N regarding the local bodies elections to be held here on December 5. He said that the government machinery was running the election campaign of the PML-N candidates. However, instead of taking serious notice of the violation of its code of conduct, the ECP had become the “B team” of the PML-N and was patronising PML-N candidates across Sialkot district.

Addressing the party workers at Jinnah House Sialkot, PTI central leaders Umer Dar and Usman Dar said that only PTI had the capability to make Pakistan economically stable by coming to power. They said that now the nation has got an honest and true leader in the shape of Imran Khan, who would steer the country out of crises.

They stated that the next regime of power would be of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. Earlier, addressing a corner meeting at village Kandan Sayyan-Daska here, Umer Dar said that now, the people had become mature and would not be deceived again by the high claims and lame excuses of bringing betterment by the rulers.

He said that his party would bring all those who plundered the national exchequer to task and recover every plundered penny after coming to power with the power of votes.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has delegated the powers of magistrate 1st class to all the 2,253 presiding officers and 36 returning officers for three days in Sialkot and Narowal districts ahead of the local bodies polls to be held on December 05.

The ECP has issued a notification in this regard. It said that Sialkot district’s 1,544 and Narowal district’s 709 presiding officers, and 25 returning officers in Sialkot and 11 in Narowal will have the powers from December 4 to 6, 2015. It also named 1,544 presiding officers and 4,332 assistant presiding officers in Sialkot district and 709 presiding officers and 2,276 assistant presiding officers in Narowal district for these LB polls.

The ECP has also completed election training to 16,000 male and female teachers from 2,002 government schools in Sialkot district for polls.

According to EDO (Education) Farooq, after the training, both the education department and ECP had finalised the election duties of teachers in Sialkot district.

Meanwhile, the district administration said that the total registered voters are 2011912 in Sialkot district, out of which 1,165,351 are males and 846,561 females. The ECP would establish 1,544 polling stations in Sialkot district for LB polls out of which 331 polling stations are for the male voters and 331 for female voters while 882 polling stations are the combined polling stations in Sialkot district. There will be total 4,332 polling booths out of which 2,445 booths will be for male voters and 1,887 for female voters.