August 2021 News

Imran Khan's Party Wins 29 Seats in PoK Assembly

1 August 2021
Geo News

Muzaffarabad: The PTI has extended its lead in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly after winning three women's reserved seats, while PPP and PML-N were able to bag one each, the region's election commission announced Sunday. All five candidates won unopposed. From PTI Imtiaz Naseem, Sabeha Sadique, Kausar Taqdees Gilani emerged victorious, while from PPP Nabila Ayub and from PML-N Nasaran Abbasi were the winning candidates. A total of 10 candidates had submitted their nomination papers for the reserved seats, however, five of them withdrew their names later. Polling on three other reserved seats - one each for technocrats, ulema-o-mashaikh, and overseas Kashmiris - will be conducted on Monday as more than one candidate is contesting each category. Following the latest results, PTI has 29 seats in the AJKLA, PPP has 12, and PML-N seven. On July 29, PTI won the LA-16 Bagh 3 seat of the AJKLA, whose results were withheld for re-polling on four polling stations, after clashes brought polling to a halt on July 25. According to unofficial results, PTI candidate Sardar Mir Akbar bagged 23,561 votes, whereas PPP's Sardar Qamaruz Zaman obtained 23,267 votes - a difference of a mere 294 votes. Of the total 939 votes cast by government employees, PTI received 396, whereas PPP got 421. In the polls on July 25, PTI emerged as the largest winner with 25 seats, PPP came in second place with 11, while PML-N won six seats. In the July 25 polling exercise, voting was held in 163 of 167 polling stations, in which the PTI candidate was already in the lead, receiving 22,503 votes, while the PPP candidate got 22,307. All four polling stations that were open for re-polling were declared by the district administration as highly sensitive owing to which stringent security arrangements had been made. This included the deployment of 400 police officers and commandos. PTI 26; PPP 11; PML-N 6; JKPP 1; AJKMC 1