PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Thursday decided to call out army during local government re-polls to avoid any unlawful situation and ensure rigging free polls.
The election is scheduled to be held on July 25 at 356 polling stations in KP.
This decision was made in a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, Home Secretary Arbab Arif, Inspector General KP police Nasir Durrani, Secretary Provincial Election Commission Babar Yaqoob and military participated in the meeting.
The main reason behind this decision is to avoid rigging and mismanagement during polling, according to sources
It is also agreed in the meeting that army personnel would remain inside and outside of the polling stations with the authority to take action against any unlawful act or violation of the rules.
The decision of calling out the army for said purpose was taken under Article 245 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
Duration of polling was also extended by the officials which will start from 8 am and exceed till 7 pm.