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AJK ready for general elections 2011

MUZAFFARABAD: All is set for general elections in Azad Kashmir. Streets are lined with flags and banners of political parties all set for the legislative assembly elections to be held on Sunday.

Election campaigning came to an end Friday midnight. Various political parties as well as independent candidates held public meetings and also went door-to-door to woo the voters.

The polling will start at 8am on Sunday and will continue until 5pm.

There are 421 candidates in the fray. Polling for 41 of the 49 assembly seats will be held on Sunday. Eight seats are reserved for women and technocrats.

According to experts, unlike previous polls, these elections do not seem to be a duel between two mainstream parties – the Muslim Conference and the Pakistan Peoples Party.

Observers said the newly launched Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) in the region, which mainly consists of Muslim Conference dissidents, has converted the electoral fray into a three-way fight.

According to the final list issued by the state election commission, the total number of voters is 3,017,816.

A total of 5,559 polling stations have been set up with 6,448 booths. As many as 4,351 presiding officers have been appointed to supervise the polling.

Services of police and rangers would be called to maintain law and order situation at sensitive polling stations in 12 constituencies of the state and 12 constituencies of Pakistan during general elections.

Azad Jammu Kashmir Election Commission stated that total 4349 polling stations have been established in 29 constituencies of the state out of which 626 has been declared high sensitive, 886 declared normal sensitive while 2854 polling stations have been declared normal.

The Election Commission further stated that 11 polling station in LA-1 Dadyal have been declared high sensitive while 22 have been declared sensitive. 22 polling station in LA-2 Ckahsawari declared high sensitive while 43 declared sensitive. 39 polling stations in LA-3 Mirpur city have been declared high sensitive while 45 declared sensitive. 44 polling stations have been declared high sensitive and sensitive in LA-4 Ghari Shareef. 10 polling stations declared high sensitive while 29 sensitive in LA-5 Barnala.

26 polling stations declared high sensitive and 53 declared sensitive in LA-10 Sinha.52 polling stations declared high sensitive and 51 declared normal sensitive in LA-11 Charhoi.

13 polling stations declared high sensitive and 17 sensitive in LA-14 Wasti Bagh. 16 polling stations declared high sensitive and 16 sensitive in LA-15 Sharki Bagh. 38 polling stations declared high sensitive and 36 declared normal sensitive in LA-16 Forward Kahuta Havali. 12 polling stations declared high sensitive and 10 normal sensitive in LA-17 Abbas Pur. 33 polling stations declared high sensitive and 26 normal sensitive in LA-21 Palandari. 19 polling stations declared high sensitive and 36 low sensitive in LA-22 Baloch. 9 polling stations declared high sensitive and 19 stations declared low sensitive in LA-24 Tehka. 10 polling stations declared high sensitive and 7 declared low sensitive in LA-25 Muzaffarabad. 22 polling stations declared high sensitive and 19 low sensitive in LA-26 Muzaffarabad. 20 polling stations declared high sensitive and 25 declared low sensitive in LA-27 Khawra. 20 polling stations declared high sensitive and 53 declared low sensitive in LA-28 Chakkar. 11 polling stations declared high sensitive and 22 declared low sensitive in LA-29 Hatiyan.



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