Local government polls in Karachi, two other cities in lower Sindh on July 24
A meeting held recently to finalize preparations for the polls under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Secretary Dr. Sohail Rajput was informed that around 60,000 police officers would be deployed to ensure the peaceful conduct of the elections in the three cities.
Almost all the major political parties have enthusiastically contested the local government elections in a bid to win the majority of the city’s constituencies to increase their chances of winning the coveted post of Mayor of Karachi whose election will be held indirectly in the next phase. . The people of Karachi will elect 246 chairpersons of the city’s trade union committees (UCs) on July 24. The UC chairpersons in the city council, in the next phase, will elect the mayor of Karachi.
The PPP, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Muttahida Quami Movement Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, Pak Sarzameen Party are some of the leading candidates in the local elections in Karachi.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan comes to the city to address the campaign rallies as the PTI is very keen to win the local elections as it won the majority of Karachi National Assembly seats in the general elections of 2018. Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman of Jamaat-e-Islami is also campaigning vigorously to become the next mayor of Karachi to address several pressing civic issues in the city.
The secretary-general told the meeting that some 2,573 polling stations had been declared the most sensitive in the three cities from a security perspective, as CCTV cameras would be installed for their electronic surveillance.
Sindh Provincial Electoral Commissioner Ejaz Anwar Chauhan said anyone trying to disturb the peace on polling day will be severely reprimanded according to law regardless of the miscreant’s political affiliation.
He said that all possible measures would be taken to ensure that the elections take place in a peaceful and transparent manner.
The Secretary General assured the assembly that all necessary facilities would be provided to ensure that pregnant women, the elderly and transgender people among the voters would not face any problems when voting.