ECP refuses to deploy army in cantonment polls

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s request for deployment of army troops inside and outside the polling stations during the cantonment elections, scheduled to be held on September 12, Geo News reported on Saturday.

Earlier, PTI chief organiser Senator Saif-ullah Khan Nyazee had written a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja that in order to ensure transparency, the assistance of the army is required to maintain law and order in the polls for 42 cantonment boards across the country.

However, according to the report on Saturday, the ECP has denied the request of the PTI government.

The elections were originally scheduled in 2019 but got postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

These elections will be the first grassroots level electoral contest between the country’s political parties after the 2018 general elections.

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