QUETTA: Balochistan Election Commissioner Syed Sultan Bayazid has said that the second round of the local government (LG) elections was carried out in the entire province transparently and peacefully, with stringent arrangements of security in place.
It may be mentioned here that the councillors were to elect women and minority members of their respective councils on Thursday after a lapse of six months since the first phase of the local government elections was held. Contest in the second phase was held for 2,332 women and 743 minority seats in the entire province. Talking to media during his visit to a polling station at the Quetta Metropolitan Corporation on Thursday, he said that the election commission conducted the elections on the minorities and women seats in Balochistan with its limited resources
He added that it was encouraging that the polling agents were satisfied with the polling arrangements. “Provision of security to the polling stations is the responsibility of the administration, but despite that security arrangements were made,” he said, and added that due to the high court’s decision on the professional and kisan (farmer) seats, the elections are delayed there. “The government of Balochistan has lodged a petition in the Supreme Court and in the next hearing things would be clear in this regard,” he said and added that it was their desire to solve all the issues at the earliest.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, provincial president of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Usman Khan Kakar said that mayor and deputy mayor would be from the coalition parties. He said that the PkMAP has 32 seats and added that it was the foremost endeavour of the provincial government to solve the issues through consensus.
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