Senate polls in KP start peacefully with 24 candidates run for 11 vacant seat, foolproof security in & around PA



PESHAWAR, Mar 03 (APP):The Senate Election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Saturday started peacefully amidst tight security in and around
Provincial assembly building to conduct transparent, fair and free election.
The election will continue up till 4.00 p.m with so far 11 votes have been
MPA Zia Ullah Afridi has polled the first vote, followed by
Lutuf-ur-Rehman while the name of Baldev Kumar is not in the voter list,
confirmed by Provincial Election Commissioner (PEC) Pir Maqbool Ahmad while
talking to media persons.
He said foolproof arrangements had been made for the smooth
conduct of the election.
No legislature would carry his or her mobile inside the
premises provincial assembly building, the venue for the election setup while
presiding officers had been granted power of magistrate, he added.
He said it was mandatory to have assembly card. The issue of
Baldev Kumar is between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and Court of Law.
As per the Election Commission of Pakistan as many as 24
candidatures are in run for the 11 vacant seats. The successful 11 candidatures
will represent KP in the Upper House of the Parliament. In KP, 12
candidatures are contesting for 7 general seats, five are in run for the two
seats for Technocrat and seven are contesting for two female seats.
A total of 132 candidates are contesting for 52 senate seats
in the Upper House of the Parliament of Paksitan with 11 seats each from Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, 12 seats each of Punjab and Sindh, 4 seats from FATA and 2 seats from Islamabad.
The Provincial Election Commissioner Pir Maqbool Ahmad, who
is also Returning Officer of Senate polls expressed satisfaction over security measures
and hoped the election would be held in a peaceful and transparent manner.
All parliamentary leaders had assured their full support to
the Provincial Election Commissioner for smooth conduct of the election during
their meeting held on Thursday, last. He said, the ECP had issued Code of
Conduct (CoC) for smooth conduct of the election and bound lawmakers to bring
the Secretariat Card along with them on the poling day and ensure secrecy of
ballot paper and the vote.
“No one is allowed exclusive entry to the polling station and
the use of mobile phone is strictly prohibited,” he informed.
He said action would be taken against those trying to damage or manipulates ballot papers.
Those not abiding by the CoC may face up to two years of imprisonment and a fine up to Rs 100,000 and that ECP can use its discretion to impose any or all penalties to those breaking its rules.
He said, ECP had authorized Returning Officers (RO) to work
as first class magistrates during the time of poll and have the right to call
off the voting or render it void if they come across any attempts to disrupt
order or compromise electoral process.
The ROs can instantly hold trials and announce penalties for
any person involved in forgery or manipulation of ballot paper besides use
their discretion to cancel any ballot paper they believe has been manipulated,
he explain.