KARACHI/LAHORE: Polling has ended for the second phase of local government (LG) elections across Sindh and Punjab. At least 25 people were injured in scuffles between political rivals and their supporters during the course of the day.
One person was killed and 15 injured in Mandi Bahauddin in a clash between two opposing groups of PML-N after polling ended.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that women voters were barred from casting their votes at various polling stations in both provinces.
Candidates at various polling stations in both Punjab and Sindh called for a halt to voting after finding their campaign symbols were misprinted on ballot papers available at the polling stations.
Polling was also suspended at certain polling stations after ink ran out.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set up a control room in Islamabad to handle voters’ complaints. Complaints may be lodged on the telephone numbers 051-9210816, 051-9210817 and 051-9210818.
Over 100 complaints have been lodged with the ECP – At least 56 from Punjab and 46 from Sindh. A number of complaints were made in reference to the misprinting of ballot papers, delay in the commencement of elections and ballot papers reaching polling stations late.
Most complaints in Sindh were received from Badin, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Naushero Feroz, while those in Punjab were from Mianwali, Sargodha, Chiniot and Toba Tek Singh.
Voting in 11 districts in Punjab and 14 districts in Sindh commenced at 7:30am and is expected to conclude at 5:30pm.