Karachi, November 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Sindh Government has decided to ask the Federal Government to keep troops standby as a backup arrangement, besides Rapid Response Force will also be available and the Rangers personnel will continue patrolling with a view to ensure holding the next phase of the local bodies polls, scheduled to be held on November 19 in 15 districts, in peaceful and orderly manner.
This was stated by Senior Minister for Information and Education, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while briefing the media men on the decisions taken by the meeting held today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah to review law and order situation obtained in the province. He said that it was decided in the meeting that the Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police would meet the Chief Election Commissioner on the next Monday to request him for troops.
As many as 2820 polling stations, Mr. Khuhro said, had been declared as most sensitive and 5571 sensitive in the 15 districts, adding that Rapid Response Force would be able to rush to the spot in the case of any emergency. He made it clear that the Government had also decided to ban carrying and display of weapons and this would be strictly enforced, adding that he, said a 3-member committee had also been constituted to examine and asses the security needs on the eve of the next phase of the polls.
The flayed those elements who were blaming the government for delaying and procrastination to hold local bodies polls, adding that time it had vindicated that the peoples government was committed to hold elections to the third tier of the government to devolve the power and empower the people at the grass root level. He further said that the first phase of the local bodies polls in the 8 districts was peaceful except for Khairpur tragedy for that we regret. He said that Government was fully determined to protect voters at any cost.
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