Polling was hindered due to scuffles among political parties’ workers at various polling stations in Qila Lakshman Singh, Harbanspura, Pathana village, Mian Mir, Cooper Road, Defence Block, Wafaqi Colony and Manga Mandi of different constituencies of the provincial metropolis.
According to eye-witnesses, PML-N, PPP and PTI supporters scuffled at various polling stations alleging casting of bogus votes by opponents. Polling was stopped in some polling stations for some time and later the process was restored.
According to official sources, the poling process also delayed in some constituencies due to poor arrangements and unavailability of ballot papers. On complaints, army, rangers and police reached the polling stations and controlled the situation.
POOR ARRANGEMENTS: Insufficient and improper arrangements also annoyed voters at several polling stations in the provincial capital.
Mian Aslam, a voter at a polling station in NA 128 said that he had arrived at 9am but he was unable to cast his vote due to a slow process. He said that getting a block code was a difficult process and people had to queue up.
Shehzad, another voter, said that there was no shelter in the hot weather and polling staff was not guiding the voters properly.
Rubina, a female voter, complained that thumb impressions of women had been taken but ballot papers were not provided to them and later they were told that their votes had been cast.
A large number of voters gathered at polling stations but there were several complaints of a slow process and shortage of ballot papers.
CCPO MONITORS SECURITY: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Khaliq Dad Luk visited various polling stations in the city to monitor security arrangements.
During his visit to Baghbanpura, Baseen, Shadman and other polling stations, he expressed satisfaction over security arrangements and asked police officials to register cases against people who fired in the air. He also warned motorcyclists against one-wheeling.