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Mir Salam Jogezai:

QUETTA: In anticipation of the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8 in Balochistan, preparations have been meticulously finalized for the 16 seats in the National Assembly and 51 seats in the Provincial Assembly. Provincial Election Commissioner Farid Ahmed Afridi, during a press briefing in Quetta, assured the public of full coordination with all stakeholders to ensure peaceful and transparent elections.

Afridi disclosed that out of a total of 5026 polling stations in the province, 1651 are marked as most sensitive, and 2249 are as sensitive. To guarantee the smooth conduct of the electoral process, a comprehensive training program has been completed for the 51379 polling officers and other staff involved.

Highlighting the paramount importance of security, the Provincial Election Commissioner stated that 30943 security personnel have been strategically deployed to maintain law and order during the elections. In a bid to address security concerns in the most sensitive polling stations across certain districts, arrangements are being made for satellite internet, given the shutdown of normal internet services.

These security measures aim to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process and create an environment conducive to free and fair elections. As the nation eagerly awaits the democratic exercise on February 8, all eyes are on Balochistan to set an example of a well-organized and secure electoral event.

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