Local government (LG) elections were finally held in all 32 districts of Balochistan on Sunday after a gap of nine years. The most successful candidates in these polls were independent candidates.
Independent candidates have won more than 1,145 seats in municipal corporations, municipal committees, and union councils, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results. This is followed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), which won approximately 130 seats, and the ruling Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), which secured 72 seats.
A total of 65 seats were won by the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, 38 by the National Party, 35 by the Pakistan People’s Party, 20 by the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), 10 by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) was in the lead on six seats.
Using Twitter, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his belief that the recent elections for local government in Balochistan had a positive impact on democracy.
The Prime Minister praised the role that law enforcement forces played in ensuring that there was no disruption to the voting process.
At five o’clock in the afternoon, voting for local government elections in Balochistan’s 32 districts’ 4,456 urban and rural wards came to a close, despite reports of intermittent violence.
In several parts of the province, competing factions engaged in grenade attacks, gunfire, and fights, which resulted in the deaths of one person and injuries to over thirty others. At some of the polling places, it was necessary to stop the voting process.
There were as many as 23,835 contestants vying for election on 6,259 different wards. On the other hand, 1,584 candidates for general seats had previously been elected unopposed, and the election was held on the remaining 4,456 wards.
There were 3,552,398 people registered to vote in the local government elections, and there were a total of 5,226 polling stations, of which there were 576 for men and 562 for women in the Balochistan local government (LG) elections.
During the polls around the province, stringent security measures will be in place to prevent any form of undesirable event from occurring.