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First ever LG polls in Islamabad on Monday

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Polling will begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue till 5:30 p.m. without any interval.

ISLAMABAD:(APS)Nov 29,2015-The first-ever local government elections in the federal capital, Islamabad will be held on Monday.

Polling will begin at 7:00 in the morning and will continue till 5:30 in the evening without break.

Over two thousand and four hundred candidates are in the fray for the slots of chairman, vice chairman and councilors.

There are over six hundred and seventy six thousand registered voters.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure security and maintenance of law and order during local government elections in Islamabad Capital Territory.

According to Election Commission, Army, Rangers and FC jawans have been deployed to assist the Police.

About 625 Army troops and 700 Rangers and one thousand FC jawans have been called for maintaining law and order in an around the polling stations.

As per security plan, one Ranger personnel and fifteen police officials would be deployed at the most sensitive polling stations.

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Similarly, seven police officials would perform duty at each sensitive polling station. Five police personnel would be deployed at each of the remaining polling stations.

According to the Election Commission, Army would also be available as Quick Response Force.

The Election Commission has also decided to depute Rangers at most sensitive polling stations during Local Government elections in Islamabad.

According to an ECP spokesman, Rangers personnel, Pakistan Army and police workforce will be deployed in 50 union councils of the Federal Capital to maintain peace.

The spokesman said the ECP had given powers of first class magistrate to presiding officers for conducting fair elections.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has set up a Control Room to receive complaints during the Local Government Elections.

According to a spokesman of the Election Commission, immediate action will be taken to address the complaints received through telephone.

The telephone numbers of the Control Room are:

051-9210816, 051-9210817 and 051-9210818.

Written complaints may be made through Fax numbers: 051-9210819 and 051-9210820.

The Federal government has announced that all the departments, including Secretariat offices within Islamabad Capital Territory, shall be closed at 2.00 p.m. tomorrow.

The decision has been taken to  enable the employees to cast their votes in connection with Local Bodies polls.

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