The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday approved the deployment of Rangers troops to ensure law and order during the Karachi mayor and deputy election, which are scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday).
The interior minister has approved the deployment of Rangers at the request of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
According to the reports, the Rangers will be deployed in seven districts of the Karachi division.
Earlier, the interior ministry distanced itself from providing rangers troops for the Karachi mayor and deputy election.
The Election Commission of Pakistan had requested the interior ministry to provide rangers troops, but the request has been turned down.
Secretary ECP, Umair Hameed in his letter to the secretary of the interior after the denial, stated that the situation is tense in Karachi amid the Karachi mayor election and feard clashes.
Provision of rangers is important to ensure law and order during the Karachi mayor, deputy mayor elections, the letter read.
The election of the Karachi mayor and deputy mayor will take place on 15th June.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan, 366 members of the city council will be allowed to enter at 9 am on June 15 and the doors of the polling station will be closed at 10:30 am.
On 16th June, the Returning Officer will announce the results whereas the successful candidates will take oath on 19th June.