PESHAWAR, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 20th july, 2016) : All has been set for free and peaceful holding of Azad Jummu Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly (LA) elections on two seats in Khyber Pakthunkhwa on Thursday (July 21). District Election Commissioner for AJK LA election Inayatullah Khan Wazir told media persons here Wednesday that all arrangements for peaceful and free polls had been completed. The elections material including ballot boxes for LA 41 Kashmir Valley VI and LA 35 Jammu VI seats were dispatched to the concerned presiding officers today, he said.
The polling will start tomorrow at 8 AM, and will continue without any break upto 5 PM, however voters present in the polling stations will be allowed to cast their vote till completion of the process. He said security staff have been deployed for protection of voters in and outside of polling stations and voters can come without any fear. He said bringing arms and ammunition in premises of polling stations have been banned. According to Election Commission sources, against total 41 seats of LA AJK, 29 seats are kept for AJK whereas 12 seats are reserved for Kashmiri voters living in different areas of all four provinces of Pakistan.
The supporters of candidates have established election booths outside the premises of polling stations for education and guidance of young voters. It may be recalled that LA 41 Kashmir Valley VI seat has been reserved for those Kashmirs that had migrated from Indian Occupied Kashmir to KP. As many as 7500 registered Kashmiris voters will exercise their right of franchise for this seat. Likewise, the seat of LA 35 Jammu VI is reserved for those people of Azad Kashmir who are settled in different areas of Pakistan including KP.
The total registered voters in this constituency were over 52000 including 1700 registered voters in Khyber Pakthunkhwa. For LA 41 Kashmir Valley VI, tough contest is expected between PPP Abdul Rehman Salahri, JUIF Fayaz Salahri, JI Noorul Bari and PTI Abdul Basit of PTI. Regarding LA 35 Jammu VI constituency that spread from Jehlum to entire KP, the total Kashmir registered voters settled in KP is about 17000 out of total 52000 registered voters.
A total of 13 candidates are in the run for this constituency include Ayaz Ahmed (MQM), Javed Aftar Jummad Kashmir PPP, Ch Fakhar Zaman, PPP, Hameed Khan PTI, Syed Nasir Hussain Independent, Muhammad Razak Independent, Muhammad Shahzad Khan Independent, Muhammad Sageer Independent, Mumtaz Abbasi Indepdent, Rajad Sulman Sadeeq PMLN, Gul Nar Iqbal Independent and Yousaf Nasim Muslim Conference. Tough contest is expected between PMLN, PPP and PTI candidates in this constituency. The KP police have made foolproof security arrangements for the election. Arms and ammunitions would not be allowed in polling stations and elements try to disrupt election process would be sent to jails.