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November 12, 2015

ECP issues final list of LG polls seats in Karachi


November 12, 2015

The Election Commission of Pakistan issued on Wednesday the final list of seats for the local government elections in the six districts of Karachi on December 5.
The polls will be conducted for 1,520 seats in union committee (in the urban areas) and union council (in the rural areas of the city falling under the recently revived District Council Karachi) seats and with over 7.80 million registered voters.
In each union committee, a chairperson, a vice chairperson, four general councillors will be elected directly. In each union council, there will be an additional slot of a district councillor who too will be elected through direct vote.
Besides, in each union committee and council, two female members, a labourer, a youth and a non-Muslim will be elected through indirect election.
The six districts of Karachi are: the Central district (Liaquatabad, Gulberg, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, and New Karachi), the East district (Ferozabad, Jamshed Quarters, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulzar Hijri), the West district (Orangi Town, Mominabad, SITE, Baldia, and Manghopir), the South district (Saddar, Arambagh, Civil Lines, Garden, Lyari, Keamari, and Mauripur), the Malir district (Bin Qasim, Ibrahim Hyderi, Shah Mureed, Gadap, Airport, and Cantonment), and the Korangi district (Shah Faisal Colony, Model Colony, Korangi, and Landhi).
LG meetings
No contestant will be allowed to hold corner meetings on thoroughfares, said Karachi Commissioner on Wednesday, adds APP.
Chairing a meeting to review arrangements for the upcoming local bodies polls in the metropolis, he told the officials concerned to ensure that the contestants were duly informed about the code of conduct.
The meeting was attended by Karachi police chief Mushtaq Mehar, Regional Election Commissioner Sindh Asghar Ali Sial, KMC Administrator Sajjad Abbasi, deputy commissioners, DIGs, representatives of the Pakistan Rangers and directors of government colleges.
The meeting decided that the

candidates would also be required to seek prior permission from the district administration for holding meetings related to the polls.
The district administrations were told to make arrangements for recording the proceedings of the meetings held in the open by the candidates.
On the polling day, police and rangers personnel would be stationed at the polling stations while deputy commissioners would visit the stations at regular intervals.
The commissioner directed the deputy commissioners to visit every polling station in their jurisdictions and present him with a report by November 15 about the arrangements made for the day.
Siddiqui also urged the officials to ensure proper cleanliness around the designated polling stations.

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