ISLAMABAD: Polling for local bodies elections in cantonment boards across the country concluded at 5:00PM.
Voting began at 8:00AM under strict security. A total of 1,151 candidates contested in the local bodies election in 199 wards of 42 cantonment boards on party basis after a gap of 17 years today.
According to the latest results (unofficial) so far at 10:00PM of 155 seats:
Independent Candidates secured 52 seats.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) secured 40 seats.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) secured 33 seats.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) secured 16 seats.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) secured 7 seats.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) secured 5 seats.
Awami National Party (ANP) 2 seats.
PTI, PML-N chant slogans against each other in Gujranwala
PTI and PML-N workers chanted slogans each other in Gujranwala at ward no. 7. Police have detained three people following the incident.
First unofficial result announced
The first unofficial result of the LB polls in cantonment areas has been announced. In ward 1 of Muree Gilgit, Independent candidate Mumtaz Ahmed won with 11 votes with PTI candidate Dr Arif the runner-up with 5 votes.
Protest in Shorkot ward No.4
Supporters of candidate Hasnain Gillani protested in ward no.4 of Shorkot. Protesters alleged that rigging had taken place. Rangers have arrested supporters of Hasnain Gilani including his father and brother. This was a polling booth set-up for women.
Misprinted ballot papers in Lahore
Misprinting was discovered in ballot papers at polling station number 12 at Islamia High School in Lahore’s cantonment area. The presiding office says the misprinted ballot papers would not be used nor will they be included in the final count.
Voting stopped at Rawalpindi polling station
Voting was stopped in Dheri Hassanabad area in Rawalpindi on ward No. 8 polling booth No. 102. Polling was stopped because names of voters were not present in the voting list leading to protests outside. Staff at the polling station said voters lists were being corrected.
Fact-sheet of LB Elections in Cantonment Areas
30 wards have been formed for 10 cantonment areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In Punjab 116 wards have been formed for 21 cantonment boards. In Sindh 44 wards have been formed for 8 cantonment boards while 9 wards have been established for three cantonment areas in Balochistan.
There are around 1.87 million registered voters in the cantonments countrywide. The only cantonment board where the electoral exercise is not being conducted is Ormara, Balochistan. While there are 610 independents, 18 political parties have also fielded 541 candidates.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is in the lead with 137 candidates, followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz with 128, Pakistan People’s Party with 89 and Jamaat-e-Islami with 74 candidates.
The MQM and Pakistan Awami Tehreek of Dr. Tahirul Qadri have both fielded 27 candidates each. Fourteen candidates have already returned unopposed. They include two each from the PTI and MQM and one from the PML-N, while the rest are independents.
Karachi leads with 32 wards followed by Lahore with 20 wards. There is a feeling that the PTI may give a tough time to the ruling PML-N, particularly in Rawalpindi and Lahore and other parts of the Punjab.
Of the 1,225 polling stations, 130 have been declared highly sensitive, 310 sensitive and the remaining 785 as normal.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has already a slightly amended code of conduct for the LB polls. Political parties and their candidates have been asked to openly condemn violence and terrorism in their campaigns.
The code was been issued after discarding the earlier document released on March 20 this year and the Election Commission wished that political parties and their candidates and supporters strictly abide by it.
Nearly two million ballot papers have been transported to respective destinations under tight security.