Chief Election Commissioner Justice (R) Abdul Rashid Sulehria stated on Saturday that the Election Commission is prepared to hold free and fair local government elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir on November 27 with strong security measures.
In an interview with PTV, he stated that all preparations have been made to ensure impartial local body elections that are meant to give power to the populace at large.
He also added that the success of AJK is directly related to the local government elections.
Sulehria added that all political parties should work together to develop long-term policies in the public interest and expressed his confidence that the grassroots electoral process will positively impact the social, political, and economic structure of AJK.
The schedule for the local body elections, which will take place after 31 years, has been released by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Election Commission, he added, noting that 29,50,000 people are currently registered to vote in the state.
In response to a question, he stated that the LG elections in AJK are being attended by more than 11,000 candidates, including women.
He clarified that teachers are respected by us and that no demands for their participation in elections have yet come from them in response to a different issue.
He also stated that the process for local government elections will remain the same and will follow the same format.