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Local Elections Held in Pakistan’s Tribal Region

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas held their first-ever provincial elections on Saturday, in a region along the Afghan border that was once controlled by militant groups.
Nearly 3 million people were eligible to vote in the provincial assembly elections on July 20, which opened at 8 a.m. local time amid heightened security measures.
The seven tribal districts were merged last year into the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Previously, residents could only vote in the national assembly polls.
Sohail Khan, a spokesman for the provincial election body, said 285 candidates, including two women, were running for 16 seats.
Pakistan claims to have cleared the tribal areas of militants in a series of military operations in recent years, but the region still faces occasional attacks.
Election commission spokesman Altaf Khan said army troops had been deployed at all 1,897 polling stations.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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