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Preparations for the NA-75 Sialkot-IV by-election next week are underway, and new staff are being recruited.

The by-election was originally scheduled to be held on February 19. The Pakistan Election Commission declared the by-election invalid because it suspected that the results of the 20 polling stations had been “tampered”.

Subsequently, the committee issued an order to conduct a new poll.

“Incidents of murders, firing and injuries, bad law and order situation in the subject constituency [created] harassment for voters and other circumstances leading to make the process of results doubtful/unascertainable,” the ECP order noted.

Now that the polls have been rescheduled for March 18, staff of the 20 polling stations — where presiding officers went missing and were unreachable as was noted in the ECP statement following election day — will be reappointed.

According to the district education authority, staff will be appointed from the department of education.

The authorities added that a new chairperson for polling station No. 348 will also be appointed.

The remaining 340 polling stations will have the same staff as the election positions appointed on February 19.

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