KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has emerged victorious in the first round of Sindh local body elections in 14 districts of Sindh.
The polling time continued from 8 am to 5 pm. However, due to suspension of voting process in some constituencies, the Election Commission had extended the polling time to 7 pm.
Polling was held in 14 districts of Sindh for the first phase of local body elections, 21298 candidates contested for 5331 seats while candidates for 946 seats have already won unopposed.
The 14 districts of Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad and Mirpurkhas division in which polling took place include Jacobabad, Qambar Shahdad Kot, Shikarpur, Larkana, Kashmore, Kandhkot, Ghotki, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Nowshero Feroz, Shaheed Benazir. Abad, Sanghar, Mirpur Khas, Umerkot and Thar Parkar.
Election Unofficial Results
According to unofficial results so far, the PPP is leading with a clear majority in seven of the 14 district council seats in seven districts, with the PPP leading with a total of 2,189 seats, followed by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-64) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA). Won 43 seats while PTI won 13 seats. PML-N 3 and independent candidates won 37 seats.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja took notice of the commotion and reports of violations at various polling stations across the province and directed immediate action. The Chief Election Commissioner has said that in case of violation, legal action should be taken without any discrimination.
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The Election Commission has said that women are voting alongside men in the local body elections. The number of women voters in 14 districts of Sindh is more than 5.157 million. A large number of women have reached the polling stations in Tharparkar. The enthusiasm of women is commendable.
In the first phase of elections in 14 districts, the total number of voters is 11.4 million. The total number of voters in 14 districts of Sindh is 1,14,92,680 for which 29.5 million ballot papers were printed while 9290,000 polling stations and 29,970 polling booths were set up.
According to the data, out of 887 joint seats of 887 Union Councils and Union Committees for Chairman and Vice Chairman, candidates won unopposed in 135 seats, thus now there was a contest between 3190 candidates for 752 seats.
Out of 794 district councilor seats, 107 candidates won unopposed and 2604 candidates contested for 687 seats. Out of 3548 seats of Union Council and Union Council Ward Councilors, 622 candidates won unopposed while 9744 candidates contested for 2926 seats.
Out of 694 seats of Ward Councilors of Town Committees, 68 candidates were elected unopposed and 3225 out of 626 candidates were contested. Another competitor came.