QUETTA    -   Polling for the local govern­ment (LG) by-elections in four districts of Balochistan on Tuesday completed peacefully, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) spokesperson Naeem Ahmed said. 

The spokesperson told media that amid tight security, polling in 57 wards of Musakhail, Mas­tung, Duki and Loralai districts started at 8am and continued uninterrupted till 5pm. How­ever, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the province, he added. The ECP had set the date of August 28 for the by-polls in the above dis­tricts, which was called off due to floods and heavy rains.

The spokesperson said the polling was held in the 28 wards of four union councils of Musakhail district, six wards of two union councils of Duki district, 22 wards of four union councils of Mastung district, and one ward of Loralai dis­trict’s one union council.

“In this regard, a total of 59 poll­ing stations were established in all the constituencies,” Naeem Ahmed said, adding that 59 presiding offi­cers, 147 assistant presiding offi­cers and 147 polling officers were tasked to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections being contested by 223 candidates. 

The ECP set up a control room at its Islamabad headquarter to monitor the polling and receive complaints with regard to the polling. Strict security arrange­ments were put in place to ensure peaceful conduct of the polling.