ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday announced that no media house, including television and radio, will be allowed to broadcast the unofficial and unconfirmed results during the upcoming local bodies elections in Punjab and Sindh.

Pakistan Electronic Media regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has been ordered to ensure implementation of the order.

In a statement the ECP secretary Babar Yaqoob asked media to only broadcast the approved results of returning officers. Reporters should approach respective returning officers to obtain verified results of local bodies elections, he said.

On the occasion he added that at least two battalions of Pakistan Army would be deployed, as quick response force on the day of local bodies election in Lahore.

The first phase of local bodies (LB) polls in Punjab is scheduled on October 3. The electoral exercise will be held in 12 districts of the Punjab.

Polling for the second phase will be arranged on November 19 this year in Khanewal, Sahiwal, Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, Sargodha, Mianwali, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, M.B.Din, Attock and Jhelum districts, while the third phase will commence on December 5 in Lyyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bhawalpur, Rajan Pur, Rahim yar Khan, Multan, Rawalpindi, Muzaffar Garh, Narowal, Jhang and Khoshab.