PESHAWAR, 25 April: After a break of 17 years, polling is underway for the local bodies elections in 42 cantonment boards of Pakistan, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which will continue till 5:00pm without any break.

A total 1,151 candidates are taking part in the polls in 199 constituencies for which 1,225 polling stations have been established. The polls are being held on party basis. According to official figures, over 18 million people will use their right to vote in the local bodies polls in cantonment boards throughout the country.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said 18 political parties are taking part in the polls. It said 541 candidates are contesting the polls on party tickets, while 610 candidates are contesting the polls independently. The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has fielded 137 candidates, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fielded 128, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has fielded 89, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has fielded 74, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has fielded 27 and Awami National Party (ANP) has fielded 13 candidates for the polls in cantonment boards.

Forty-three candidates from KP are also in the field for cantonment board polls. In KP, 29,000 voters will cast votes on 22 polling stations.

The ECP said the polls results will be announced on 28 April.

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