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     May 24,  2015



Awareness program regarding LG polls held for media persons

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The local bodies polls provided the marginalized segment of the society and the common men in the remote areas like Chitral to participate in the decision making process on local level for which they must take active part in the election process.

Briefing the local media about the efforts of educating and encouraging the local masses in the forthcoming local bodies polls, the chief executive of Community Development Program (CDP), coordinator Jamshed Khan and assistant district coordinator Amin Jan said that all possible ways and means were adopted to achieve the target.

They said that the efforts started right from the announcement of the schedule and ranged from educating the people about the structure of the local bodies and different tiers, helping the prospective candidates to fill in the nomination forms, encouraging women candidates and imparting training to the voters on how to use the ballot papers of different colours.

They said that there were many complications and difficulties both for the voters due to putting in place a new system of local government and rampant illiteracy in the area coupled with no scheme of voterís education.

The turn out of voters rate was 60 percent in the last general elections which can be raised by increasing the number of polling stations from 265 which were quite insufficient while polling booth also needed optimal increase in the existing ones, they said.

They said that information desks about the election process had been established in different places of the district in which the people were being trained on voting process and informative brochures were distributed and the process will last till the polling day.

CDP exponents said that the strengthening of democracy depends upon the solidifying the local bodies institutions for which participation of the masses was inevitable.

They expressed their pleasure over the freedom of voting available to the women folk in Chitral district which was being denied in its neighboring districts of Dir and said that the women had played pivotal role in the local bodies in the past as well.


Paramedics election held, Sardar Wali elects new President

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: In the annual elections of Paramedical Association Chitral chapter held here on Saturday, Sardar Wali Khan defeated Khurshid Ahmed by 14 votes to become the president of the body.

Held under the supervision of provincial president of the association, Sirajuddin Barkhi, more than two hundred paramedical staff cast their votes.

The other office-bearers included Waqar Ahmed senior vice president, Fazle Alam and Naseem Akhtar vice preidents, Fazal Muhammad general secretary, Irshad Ahmed joint secretary, Nadeem Ahmed press secretary and Akbar Shah finance secretary.



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