Election Commission has started despatch of polling material to Returning Officers for the second phase of local government elections in Punjab and Sindh.

This was stated by Secretary Election Commission Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad while talking to newsmen after attending a meeting with provincial authorities in Lahore on Friday.

He directed all polling staff to reach their polling stations in time so that voting begins smoothly and timely.

The Secretary said additional personnel of law enforcing agencies are being deployed for the second phase to ensure that there is no law and order situation after declaration of results. He said there would be ban on processions after polling day as well.

To a question, the Secretary Election Commission said polling time would end for the second phase at 5.30 p.m. but a proposal has been given to conclude polling at 5.00 p.m. in the third phase because of early sunset.


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