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GB Elections 2020: Polling Underway amid Strict Security


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

15th Nov, 2020. 09:30 am
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GB Elections 2020
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The People in Gilgit Baltistan head to cast their ballots in GB elections 2020 to elect the government for the next five years. The top three political parties, Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) are battling or power in the strategic northern region.

According to the details, polling for GB elections 2020 will be held for 23 out of a total of 24 seats up for grabs in the region’s Legislative Assembly. Voting for one seat has been postponed after the death of a candidate.

Total Number of Voters

More than 700,000 voters will exercise their right of franchise elect 24 candidates in Gilgit-Baltistan elections 2020, where leaders of all top national political parties are currently busy delivering fiery speeches against each other and making pledges and promises ahead of the polls. The area has a population of about 1.3 million and a total of 745,361 voters has registered, of which roughly half or 339,992 are women.

Total Candidates

At least 330 candidates will contest this ballot exercise for the 33-member Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly. GB has 24 constituencies and its assembly has 33 seats.

Divisions

Gilgit-Baltistan GB comprises two divisions, seven districts, and 22 tehsils. Skardu and Ghanche are in Baltistan Division, while Diamer, Ghizar, Gilgit, Astore, and Hunza Nagar are in Gilgit Division.

Skardu has a population of 0.289 million, Diamir has 0.177 million inhabitants, while Ghizer’s population stands at 0.162 million.



Ghanche has 0.199 million people, the Astore region has 0.096 million people, whereas Hunza-Nagar has a population of 0.130.

Security

The polls will be held under comprehensive security arrangements. Government spokesman Faizullah Firaq has assured the people of fair and free polls.

The Election Commission facilitated disabled voters to cast their votes before the polls, according to a report.

Police Chief Dr. Mujeebur Rehman said they had arranged the deployment of the police force from the entire country. Troops could also be deployed for assistance if required, he added.

PartyCandidate Constituency
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Fattaullah KhanGBA-2, Gilgit-II
Ubaidullah BaigGBA-6, Hunza
Raja Muhammad Zakaria KhanGBA-7, Skardu-I
Syed Majid AliGBA-11, Kharmang
Raja Azam KhanGBA-12, Shigar
Muhammad Khalid KhursheedGBA-13, Astore-I
Shamsul Haq LoneGBA-14, Astore-II
Nazir AhmedGBA-20, Ghizer II
Gulber Khan GBA-18
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)Amjad HussainGBA-1, Gilgit-I
Amjad Hussain GBA-4, Nagar-I
Muhammad IsmailGBA-24, Ghanche-III
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Muhammad AnwarGBA-16, Diamer-II
Ghulam MuhammadGBA-21, Ghizer-III
Independent Candidates Javed Ali ManwaGBA-5, Nagar-II
Wazir Muhammad SaleemGBA-9, Skardu-III
Nasir Ali KhanGBA-10, Skardu-IV
Haji Shah BaigGBA-15, Diamer-I
Nawaz Khan NajiGBA-19, Ghizer I
Mushtaq HussainGBA-22, Ghanche-I
Abdul HameedGBA-23, Ghanche-II
Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM)Mohammad KazimGBA-8, Skardu-II
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