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Army to help Election Commission AJK to run Smooth Elections

20 July 2021

At the request of the Election Commission AJ&K, gave authoritative rights to Army for the 25th July polls to maintain law and order and running smooth elections. Earlier on the request of the Election Commission, the Army was on standby to assist the General Elections.

Prior to a notice made on 8th July, it was notified that Pakistan Army is contented to be working alongside the election committee and it was informed that about 1600 troops of Pakistan Rangers are deployed at sensitive polling locations as stand by and about 4000 of Frontier Constabulary for the conduct of General Election of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

However, the exact date of deployment was to be decided between the government of AJK and its election commission concerned authority in Pakistan.

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In a letter sent to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Chief of Election Commission in AJK, he wrote that the authority is making utmost efforts for the elections to be fully fair and transparent so the voters would use their right to choose their leader justly.

The Chief Election Commissioner noted that the people of AJK trust the presence of the Army therefore, to attain the aforementioned just elections and smooth polling without miss-happenings Pakistan Army, Rangers, and other forces were requested to aid, however, the term standby was used to imply that the troops would not be present inside the polling stations.

The CEC said that the trust of people in the Army makes only Pakistan’s protector of the electors, to help electors to cast their vote without the terror of aggressive firing from the Indian border and only the Pakistan army can provide such an environment for the people.

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