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PML-N gains lead in Islamabad local polls with 21 seats, PTI bags 13

ISLAMABAD: Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) gain the lead in the local government polls in Islamabad with 21 seats in the federal capital according to the unofficial results, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

PML-N secured 21 seats, with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf coming in second, winning 16 seats in the 50 seats city council of Islamabad.

Independent candidates emerged as the third largest group, winning a total of 13 seats.

The voters in Islamabad went to the polls yesterday amidst tight security to elect their local representatives for the first time since the last such exercise was held under military rule in 1979, which was limited to rural areas of the city.

The city, under the new electoral law, has been been divided into 50 union councils for the polls.

The supporters of the winning candidates celebrated the success till late night by dancing on drumbeat, fireworks and distributing sweets.

 

According to eye-witnesses, some polling stations didn’t have stamps and ink, while at other stations the polling staff was missing.

Polling was set to commence at 7:00am, however it could not kick off at the stipulated time for delay in dispatching of election material. The polling ended at 5.30pm.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, as many as 2,407 candidates contested the elections including  972 independent candidates.

Pakistan Peoples Party fielded 81 candidates, whereas PML-N contested with 506, PTI 479 and Jamaat-e-Islami with 164 candidates.

The total number of registered voters was 676,795 to elect their local representatives for Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation.

Government employees were also able to cast their votes as the federal ministries were closed at 02:00pm. Voting could not take place at certain polling stations at the scheduled time as polling material reached late.

Security was beefed up for the elections, as police requested for 600 army personnel who patrolled the streets as quick response teams. 33 teams comprising of both Rangers and police officials were also patrolling the city’s streets, to deal with any untoward situation.

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