It is not new that when a positive development happened in Balochistan, Baloch Hal do propaganda about that.
I do remember continuous “Baloch hal” articles against Akhter Mangle when he decided to return Pakistan and planned to participate in Election 2013.
Similarly, now when Balochistan deserves praise for being the first in the federation to hold local government polls , Malik Siraj come again with his propaganda.
Siraj feel sad why less than half polling station were declared as “Sensitive” polling station. He does not even know there is only two security personnel difference in Normal,sensitive and highly sensitive polling stations. In highly sensitive polling station, 11 security personnel were deployed.
These security person to deployed to keep peace in those polling stations, as during local body election the grouping and political affiliation increase 10 times than the general election that is why to avoid any kind of mishap this deployment is normal. We should appreciate Balochistan police and FC for their effort as there was no significant incident of violence happened during LB election.
Most important point is to know the interest of people in election, voter turn out is taken as reference,not the security arrangements.
Mr Siraj did not write any thing about voter turn out. Why ?
In earlier post its was mentioned that in 2008 General election vote turn out in Balochistan was 32 %, and in 2013 the voter turn out was more than 34 %.
And local body election, in many area of Balochistan voter turn out was more than 50 %.
Dawn news quotes voter turn out as:
The overall turnout stood at 45 per cent in Quetta district and the turnout stood at 70 per cent in Mastung, Nushki (65 per cent) Pishin (55 per cent) Jhal Magsi (50 per cent) Nasirabad, Kohlu, Qila Abdullah, Sibi and Kuchhi (45 per cent) Jaffarabad, Qila Saifullah, Dera Bugti, Musakhel and Shirani (40 per cent) and Barkhan (35 per cent), But in Gwadar and Panjgur, the turnout was estimated at 15 and 20 per cent, respectively.
Than Mr Siraj after hiding the voter turn out data, claim that as 3000 candidate were elected unopposed because “there were not enough people willing to participate in the elections”
But fact is for more than 4500 seats, there were more than 18,000 candidates who participate in election, and only 508 seats have remained vacant because no candidate has filed nomination papers for them.
So Mr Siraj, among 45,000 seats, Only 508 seats people show no interest in election. Arranging elections is also important and vote turn out should be the benchmark to decide how smoothly Balochistan is heading toward normalization.