PML-N leading in Punjab, PPP in Sindh so far

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League (N )is leading in first phase of Local Government elections in Punjab with clear majority while Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is winning in Sindh as counting of votes still goes on , according to unofficial and unconfirmed results.

Ten hours long polling was started at 7:30am and continued till 5.30pm without any break.

The LG elections were held on 2696 seats in Punjab and 1072 seats in Sindh.

Out of the those seats PML N has so far won 532 seats in Punjab while PPP stands victorious with 564 seats.

However, according to the media reports Independent candidates are wining more seats after PML-N and PPP in Punajb and Sindh respectively.

Over 25 million citizens have exercised their right to elect Local Government (LG) representatives in 12 districts of Punjab and eight of Sindh.

Polling in Punjab was held in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Pakpattan, Okara, Lodhran, Vehari and Bahawalnagar districts.

While in Sindh, polling was held in Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Ghotki, Qamber, Larkana, Shahdadkot and Jacobabad.

According to the Secretary Election Commission Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, overall, the election was peaceful except a firing incident that killed 11 people in Khairpur district of Sindh.

He said that ECP received 136 complaints of various nature against the local government election.

He observed that the elections were held free, fair and transparent without being subject of the respective provincial governments.

He said that the commission would take an action against those involved in mismanagement due to the polls were postponed at various localities in Punjab and Sindh provinces on 26 seats.

He said IGP Punjab has also been asked to legally act against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rai Mujtaba Kharal who allegedly slapped a presiding officer in Okara.

He said FIR has also been registered against Kharal and ECP would fully back the presiding officer in this case.

It is pertinent to mention here that counting of votes was still going on till filing of this report.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif cast his vote in Lahore to take part in local bodies’ elections.

The Prime Minister, who arrived at the polling station, after setting aside his protocol, cast vote in Union Council No 70 of Sarai Sultan.

After casting the vote, the Prime Minister waved hands to respond to the slogans, raised by a huge public crowd in his support outside the polling station.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of PPP, cast his vote in Larkana and enthusiasm and thrill was at its peak among PPP workers as he was casting vote for the first time as a bonafide citizen was an occasion in itself for many of the jiyalas.

The polling station in Naudero was one of these centres with locals turning out in significant numbers to clinch a sight of Bilawal.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali exercised his voting rights at ward number eight, Khairpur taluka and was accorded warm welcome by other voters at Government Girls High School, Jillani Mohalla.

According to reports, 707 candidates have been elected unopposed in Punjab and Sindh.

Associated Press of Pakistan