LAHORE: Polling is underway in the first phase of local bodies' elections in twelve districts of Punjab and eight districts of Sindh amid low-scale violence and clashes, Samaa reported.
The polling began at 7:30 this morning and will continue till 5:30 in the evening without any break.
Polling in Punjab is being held in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Pakpattan, Okara, Lodhran, Vehari and Bahawalnagar districts.
In Sindh, polling is being held in Sukkur, Khairpur, Shaikarpur, Kashmore, Ghotki, Qamber, Larkana, Shahdadkot and Jaccobabad.
Army troops have been deployed to ensure peaceful and smooth polling and maintain law and order in sensitive areas.
In Jacobabad, three people were injured in a clash between two groups outside UC-Loki polling station. One of the injured is said to be in critical condition.
The polling was suspended following the incident.
In Lahore, police arrested an armed man from a polling station on Railway Road.
Election code of conduct was also reportedly violated in UC-36 Baghbanpura, where voters were casting their votes by displaying it.
Meanwhile, Polling is suspended in UC-225 as a result of error in the ballot papers. Election symbol of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is not printed in the polling station.
In Faisalabad, Polling in Ward 1 of UC-135 was suspended after PML-N and PTI supporters fought with each other. Heavy contingents of police have been called in to control the situation.
In Sukkur, a clash took place between supporters of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and independent candidates outside a polling station.
In Vehari, polling got delayed at 77/WB polling station due to wrong printing of a candidate’s symbol at ballot papers.
In Kasur, polling could not begin in UC-49 due to wrong printing of ballot papers. PML-Q candidate’s election symbol was wrongly printed on the ballot papers. –Samaa