PESHAWAR: Unofficial preliminary outcomes began to pour in quickly after polling in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) newly merged tribal districts concluded peacefully on Saturday.
Residents exercised their proper to vote for the primary time to elect representatives with 16 common seats of the provincial meeting up for grabs.
K-P Governor Shah Farman congratulated locals over profitable holding of the first-ever elections within the merged tribal districts.
In a press release issued after conclusion of the voting, the governor mentioned that the final part of Fata merger has been accomplished right this moment. “Now the brand new period of progress and growth would start within the merged areas… it is a historic day which is able to assure socio-economic growth of the tribal individuals,” he added.
Governor Farman lauded the tribal individuals for demonstrating political maturity all through the election course of. “The whole credit score for peaceable conduct of the election goes to the Pakistan Military,” he mentioned, including that the imaginative and prescient of Prime Minister Imran Khan succeeded within the elections.
Voters in PK-112 Bannu started polling amid tight safety preparations on the Authorities Diploma School-II. Three polling stations have been arrange within the faculty to facilitate 10,000 voters.
Polling was additionally held in two constituencies of the Kurram district in Parachinar.
The Sikh group solid votes in Peshawar, Orakzai and Khyber districts. Over 300 Sikh voters from Peshawar and Hasan Abdal took half within the balloting.
A complete of two.eight million voters from the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) took half within the first polls after being merged with Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa (K-P) province in step with the 25th constitutional modification handed by parliament final yr. Earlier, the residents of Fata have been solely allowed to participate within the nation’s decrease home polls.
Based on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a complete of 285 candidates, together with two ladies, are competing for the 16 provincial meeting seats.
Within the hotly-contested polls, candidates from all political events, together with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Individuals’s Party (PPP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI), Awami Nationwide Party (ANP) are competing for 16 provincial meeting seats.
Curiously, whereas all main opposition events are at loggerheads with the PTI-led authorities within the centre, they’ve opted for particular person campaigns in these elections.
Based on the ECP, the ruling PTI fielded 16 candidates within the race, JUI-Fazl (JUI-F) 15, ANP 14, PPP 13, JI 13, PML-N 5, QWP three JUI-Sami (JUI-S) 2, PSPK 2, whereas 202 are operating as independents.
Individuals throughout the newly-merged tribal districts unanimously agree on the historic worth of right this moment’s elections.
Of the two.eight million voters, 1.67 million males and 1.13 million ladies, are eligible to vote to elect their representatives for the provincial meeting. The voting passed off below tight safety at 1,896 polling stations, of which 482 are for males, 376 for ladies, and 1,038 are mixed.
Along with 16 seats, there are 5 reserved seats – 4 for ladies and 1 for minorities – which shall be stuffed in step with the variety of votes every celebration attains within the common polls.
Bajaur district consists of the most important variety of voters which is 534,003 adopted by Khyber district, which has 532,087 voters. Three seats every have been allotted for the 2 districts.
The election fee gave district returning officer (DRO) and returning officers (RO), the authority of Justice of the Peace below which, they have been capable of take actions in opposition to violators of the code of legislation.
Based on the notification issued by the ballot physique, the district returning officers (DRO) and returning officers (RO) below Election Fee Act 2017 got the authority of a first-level Justice of the Peace. They are going to benefit from the authority till the announcement of the outcomes.