Peshawar: All arrangements for local government (LG) elections in the 17 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP) have been finalized.
The campaign will end in the evening between Friday (December 17) and Saturday (December 18). Voting will begin at 8:00 AM on Sunday (December 19) and will continue until 5:00 PM without any interval.
In the first phase of the LG poll, elections will be held in 17 districts on December 19. Opinion polls in other parts of the province will be held in the second phase in January.
The districts where the election are being held include Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Khyber, Mohmand, Mardan, Swabi, Kohat, Karak, Hangu, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, DI Khan, Tank, Haripur, Buner and Bajaur.
According to sources, there are 12,668,862 registered voters who will exercise their right to vote. There are 7,015,767 male voters and 5,653,095 female voters.
The Election Commission has set up 9,223 polling stations with a total number of 28,892 polling booths. At least 4,188 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 2,507 highly sensitive.
A total of 19,285 candidates are contesting for the seats of general councillors at 2,359 village councils and neighbourhood councils (VCNCs) while the number of women candidates is 3,870 women seats for the same number of VCNCs.
Similarly, 7,428 candidates ran for farmer/worker seats, 6,011 candidates were young people, and 293 candidates were ethnic minorities. In addition, there are 689 candidates competing for the seats of mayor and Deshi chairman.