Gilgit-Baltistan elections for the legislative assembly are all set to take place on November 15, and electioneering in the region is in full swing by all political parties.
This will be the third election since GB was given the power to rule itself in 2009 through its assembly. However, let’s take a look at a history of contested polls in GB.
GB Legislative Assembly
The Legislative Assembly of GB is an elected body that has the power to legislate on 61 subjects, including land revenue, and administrative courts.
The Assembly also votes on the annual budget of the GB Consolidated Fund. The tenure of the GB Legislative Assembly is five years, however it may be dissolved earlier by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister.
Gilgit-Baltistan Elections 2009
In the retrospect, the first elections for the legislative assembly were held on 12 November 2009.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which had come into power in the federal government in 2008, won the election and secured 14 of the 24 general seats.
The Assembly had 27 male members and 6 female members. It passed 31 Acts in its 41 sessions throughout the 5-year ruling period.
Gilgit-Baltistan Elections 2015
Moreover, the second GB Assembly elections were held in 2015. At that time Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won after securing 16 out of 24 seats.
The party got 22 out of the total 33 seats with 6 reserved seats.
Islami Tehreek Pakistan (ITP) and Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) had three members each in the legislative assembly.
After PML-N’s win in the GB Elections 2015, Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman of PML-N was sworn in as the second Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, with Fida Nashad and Jafarullah being nominated as the speaker and deputy speaker respectively.
The Assembly passed 25 Acts in its 36 sessions and dissolved in June 2020.
Gilgit-Baltistan Elections 2020
At least 330 candidates will contest this ballot exercise for the 33-member GB Assembly. GB has 24 constituencies and its assembly has 33 seats. More than 700,000 voters will exercise their right of franchise elect 24 candidates in Gilgit-Baltistan elections 2020.