The chief election commissioner (CEC) has taken notice of the mismanagement during local government (LG) and by-polls in 24 districts of Sindh and ordered strict action against the responsible. The spokesperson of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that CEC ordered action against the untoward incident at UC-119 of Hyderabad in which ballot papers were snatched and polling staffers and voters were tortured.The spokesperson added that the ECP secretary made a telephonic conversation with the Sindh chief secretary and Inspector General (IG) Sindh and ordered indiscriminate action against the responsible.
Earlier in the day, following the brawl between groups during Sindh LG by-elections, the polling was suspended in Hyderabad’s UC 119. As per details, two groups of candidates contesting an election in UC 119 of Hyderabad clashed and during the process, the ballot papers and lists were ‘looted.’
The policemen were also mistreated by the supporters of the candidates, while the polling staff was also forced to leave the polling. Getting information about the clash, the provincial election commissioner and the district returning officer suspended the polling in UC 119 of Hyderabad.It may be noted that the by-elections were held on the remaining 56 seats of Local bodies in five divisions of Sindh.