AJK elections: Political parties agree on army deployment at polling stations

Political parties have agreed on deploying Pakistan Army troops at polling stations for the July 25 Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly election, reported Wednesday.

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The publication said the decision was taken with the heads of all political parties present at a high-level meeting of the Election Commission, with AJK Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Abdul Rashid Sulehria in the chair.

The participants of the meeting had suggested to the AJK Election Commission that the deployment of the army be done at polling stations to maintain law and order on polling day.

Speaking on the occasion, the CEC urged the heads of the political parties to ensure the implementation of the code of conduct announced by the election commission and ensure the peaceful conduct of the election.

A member of the election commission, Farhat Ali Mir, said that the purpose of the consultative meeting with the heads of political parties was to seek their opinion regarding the deployment of the army.

He added that the election commission had so far taken strict action against the violations of the code of conduct.

A resolution regarding the deployment of the army at the polling station was also passed by the participants.

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