Balochistan LG elections: Independents ahead with 1,487 seats, JUI-F emerges as a largest political party
Independent candidates were ahead in the local government of Balochistan (LG) elections, held in 32 of its 34 districts of the province after nine years.
According to television reports, independent candidates led the way in approximately 1,487 seats.
According to unofficial results, although Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUIF) won 260 seats, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) 213 seats, National Party (NP) 100 seats, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) 88, Balochistan National Party (BNP) 79, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) 58, BNP Awami 43, Awami National Party (ANP) 24, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) 23, Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) 18, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) 15 and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) came out victorious on seven seats until now.
Democracy prevailed In the meantime, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that democracy was strengthened with local government elections in Baluchistan.
In a statement on Twitter on Sunday, he said, “With the LG elections in Balochistan, democracy is strengthened.”
“People’s active participation in polls shows their trust in state institutions to provide security & ensure smooth conduct of polls. I admire law enforcement agencies for their role. Pakistan Zindabad,” he tweeted.
Incidents of Violence In Sunday’s election, there were reports of violence in several districts, while Kalat and Nauskhi were hit by explosions.
However, the authorities foiled the attempts of terrorism in Kohlu and Chaman. A few hours after the election began, an armed clash took place between two groups in Ward 25 of the Nasirabad Municipal Committee.
Consequently, the voting process was suspended for a while.
Candidates and polling agents clashed, and several were injured in the shooting and transferred to the hospital.
Election violence was deadly in the Qilla Abdullah district, where one person was killed and another wounded.
In Sibbi, two groups clashed in Ward 4 of the Union Council Mal Chachar using violent fire, which caused at least 10 injuries.
At least three of them were in serious condition.