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KP LG Polls: Clashes reported at several polling stations



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PESHAWAR:– Several people were killed and injured after clashes erupted between supporters of different political parties at several polling stations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In Peshawar’s Tehsil Shah Alam clashes erupted outside woman polling station after supporters of a political party tried to enter the station. Police have also arrested a man from ladies polling station in Pishtakhara area.

In Khyber, shots were fired and furniture of polling station was damaged, while a scuffle also erupted between polling agents in Charsadda.

Another scuffle between candidates in Dera Ismail Khan injured one person; however, police have arrested the suspects.

In Buner, workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) traded blows and damaged furniture of the polling station.

In Karak, polling was suspended in Faqeer Khel area after two people were shot dead and four others were injured.

Angry mob stormed polling station in Mehmoodkhel area of Tehsil Banda Daud Shah, smashed ballot boxes and set all the votes on fire.

Also in Darra Adam Khel , the polling process was stopped at various polling stations due to clashes.

Polling was also suspended in a polling station of Jamrud after two candidates of general councilor clashed. Police fired aerial shots to disperse the crowd.

It merits mention that polling for the first phase of local government elections in 17 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is underway.

Polling began at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm without any break.

The 17 districts where elections will be held include Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Khyber, Mohmand, Mardan, Swabi, Kohat, Karak, Hangu, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Haripur, Buner and Bajaur.

Over 12.668 million registered voters, including 7,015,757 male and 5,653,095 female voters, would decide the fate of 37,752 candidates contesting for different seats, while 4,188 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 2,507 most sensitive.

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