MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) held the lead by securing 229 local council (LC) seats followed by independent candidates securing 199 seats in the second phase of local government (LG) elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) held on Saturday.
According to official results announced by the AJK Election Commission on Sunday evening, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) managed to take the third position by securing 129 seats, while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) got 104 seats in the Poonch division of AJK.
Jammu Kashmir Peoples’ Party (JKPP) got 28 seats, All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (MC) 22, Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) seven, while Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) won four seats each in the LG elections.
Out of 29 district council seats in Poonch district, PML-N won 10, followed by PTI which bagged seven, and six each by PPP and JKPP, while PML-N and PPP secured five seats each in district council Haveli and PTI won only two seats.
PTI managed to secure a majority in Bagh district council by securing 12 seats followed by PPP and MC by securing five seats each; PML-N got two seats while four seats were won by independent candidates.
PTI held lead in district Sudhanoti (Palandri) by securing nine seats out of 16, PML-N got four seats, JUI one while three seats were won by independent candidates. PPP could not win any district council seat from the district.
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The majority seats in Municipal Corporation Rawalakot were won by JKPP while in Municipal Corporation Palandri, PTI won first place. PTI also held lead in municipal committee Bagh while PML-N won a majority in Haveli.
Independent candidates will play important role in elections on special seats in these bodies and elections of their heads and deputies like chairman, vice chairman, mayor, and deputy mayor.
In the first phase of the AJK local bodies elections held in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on November 27 (Sunday), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf won 33 District Council seats.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) remained second by winning 23 District Council seats and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) grabbed 16 seats in the local government elections held in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) after a gap of three decades.
In the Neelum Valley, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf won seven seat while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party grabbed three seats each while two seats were won by independents.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf bagged 10 seats in Jhelum Valley, followed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz with five seats and Pakistan People’s Party won three seats.
In Muzaffarabad, Pakistan People’s Party edged PTI by winning 17 seats. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf remained second with 16 seats while Muslim Conference grabbed three seats and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz got two seats. Two seats were won by independents and JKPP secured one seat.
According to unofficial results of all 36 wards of Muzaffarabad Municipal Corporation, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz won 12 seats while Pakistan People’s Party remained second with 8 seats. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf grabbed seven seats while independents also secured seven seats. Muslim Conference got only two seats.