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Gujrat’s Mayor Election Today: ‘IS threats’ compels ECP to seek govt’s help

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sought the Punjab government’s help for holding of election for the Gujrat Municipal Corporation mayor today.

The ECP invoked Article 220 of the Constitution after receiving a report from the Gujrat deputy commissioner regarding the purported threat to the polling activity.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has 14 of the total 19 seats in the house, political pundits predict a tough contest between the PML-N and PML-Q for the mayor seat that had fallen vacant due to disqualification of PML-N’s Haji Nasir Mehmood by the apex court.

Mian Pervez Akhtar Pagganwala of the PML-Q and Tahir Mahmood Maanda of the PML-N are contesting for the slot.

ECP had received a letter from the Gujrat deputy commissioner who quoted the Gujrat DPO as saying that there was a threat of a subversive activity from the militant IS group to disrupt the electoral exercise.

The ECP, which had made all the necessary arrangements for the polls, instantly swung into action after receiving the letter. The commission through separate letters directed the Punjab chief secretary and the inspector general of police to take appropriate security measures.