Up to 1,584 candidates from various political parties, independents, and tribal groups were elected unopposed in various urban and rural wards in the election of the local government which will be held on Sunday (today) in 32 out of 34 districts of Balochistan.
The polling will now be taken place in 4,456 urban and rural wards in which 16,195 male and female candidates will contest elections.
No candidate submitted nomination papers in 108 rural and urban districts in different areas of Balochistan for various reasons, adding that these districts would remain without public representatives.
Sources reported that these wards were located in Gwadar, Kech, Pasni, and other districts of the province, where elections would take place later, once the security situation improved.
For the first time in the province, as many as 132 female candidates run directly for general seats where they are facing male candidates.
The Election Commission of Pakistan concluded all arrangements related to the elections and a heavy contingent of security forces.
A total of 13,533 polling booths were established in 5,624 polling stations. of which 2,034 stations were declared very sensitive and 1,974 sensitives where special security measures were made.
The polling will continue from 8 am to 5 pm with no break.
In total, up to 3,552,398 registered electors would use their right to vote in today’s election.