Following the release of the official results of the November 15 elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, 32 of the 33 newly elected members of the Assembly took an oath, while the election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker will take place on November 26.
Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad administered the oath to the newly elected members.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-N, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam ticket and 23 independently elected members besides 6 technocrats and 3 reserved seats for women. Successful members took the oath.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly session will continue tomorrow and voting for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker will take place at the same time.
It may be recalled that the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly has 33 members while PPP provincial president Amjad Hussain Advocate had won two seats and took oath on one seat and vacated the other.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly has 24 general seats, six for women and three for technocrats, which are divided according to the number of members of the parties that have won direct voting.
Note that the Gilgit-Baltistan Election Commission had yesterday released the official results of 24 constituencies and 9 reserved seats in the Provincial Assembly.
For the first time in the history of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly, PPP provincial president Amjad Advocate won from two constituencies, Gilgit Constituency One and Constituency 4 Nagar.
Out of 33 direct seats in the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly, the PTI won 10 out of 24 seats, the PPP three and the PML-N two.
In the reserved seats, PTI got 4 seats for women and two technocrats, PPP got one seat for women and technocrats, and PML-N got one seat for women.
PTI has a majority in the assembly with 6 independent candidates and 22 seats after 6 reserved seats, 5 of PPP, 3 of PML-N, one each of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and Wahdat-e-Muslimeen. Is an independent candidate.
It is to be noted that 330 candidates including 4 women had contested for the 24 general seats of the third Legislative Assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan in which the election for one seat was postponed.
After the election results came out, PTI workers celebrated their first victory in the region, while the country’s two largest parties, the PML-N and the People’s Party (PPP), accused the election of rigging.
Tensions flared in Gilgit’s Constituency No. 2, where the provincial minister’s vehicle and the forest department’s office were also set on fire during the protest.