In the past elections, army personnel patrolled the roads to maintain law and order. Their presence alongside regular law enforcers gave voters a strong sense of security. Besides, troublemakers dared not create any chaos in the polling centres — be it capturing polling stations or stuffing ballot boxes.
But things will be poles apart this time.
Army members will not be seen patrolling the streets during the city corporation elections, as the Election Commission does not want them to. The EC rather wants them to remain inside the cantonments as a “reserve force” for four days since April 26.