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Azad Kashmir elections: Supply of peripherals continue, Army takes over security

Contingents of Pak Army has taken over the responsibility to ensure law and order during the elections of the legislative assembly of Azad Kashmir tomorrow. Army troops will be posted within and outside the polling stations while a ban has been slapped on display of arms and aerial firing. Contingents of Pak Army’s Quick Response Force will remain on alert ins sensitive areas.

Meanwhile, Corps Commander Rawalpindi Zafar Iqbal Malik has arrived in Muzaffarabad to review the electoral preparations. He is accompanied by chief secretary Azad Kashmir and the IG.

A fierce competition is expected between Pakistan Muslim League (N), Pakistan Peoples Party, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

A total of 423 candidates of 26 political and religious parties are contesting the elections while the total number of registered voters is 2,676,586 of whom 1,483,747 are men and 1,190,839 are women.

A total of 22,00 troops will be performing duty in 29 constituencies. A total of 15,000 personnel of FCPC and Azad Kashmir police are also deputed for security.

The Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly has 49 seats of which 29 are for Azad Kashmir. Votes for 12 seats for Kashmiris living in Pakistan will be cast in other cities after which the members of the assembly will cast vote for five seats reserved for women, one reserved for Ulemas and Mashaiq, and two for technocrat seats.