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Peshawar: For the very first time, the elections are in full swing in the tribal belt of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which started at 8:00am today morning.
According to details, around 2.8 million residents merged tribal districts of KP are expected to exercise their right of vote for electing their representatives for 16 general seats of the provincial assembly in the first-ever KP assembly elections.
It is pertinent to mention here that this tribal belt was once the hub of terrorits activities and continuous killings of the innocent. Following to the full-fledged operation against the extremist and terrorist groups by the country’s armed forces the peace has been restored in the tribal belt.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has set up 1,897 polling stations across the region, previously called Fata. Of them, 554 have been declared highly sensitive and 461 sensitive.
People in many districts started lining up outside polling stations early in the morning and reports from the districts suggest that the polling process started between 8:00am and 8:30am in all districts.
The ECP finalised arrangements for elections on Friday and handed over the relevant materials to the polling staff in their respective areas.
Moreover, foolproof security measures were taken by the provincial management where more than 30,000 security personnels were deployed including that of the Pakistan Army, police, Frontier Corps, Levies and Khasadar Force.
There are 285 candidates for 16 general seats, including nominees of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Awami National Party, Pakistan Peoples Party- Parliamentarians, Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Qaumi Watan Party, and independents.