Quetta: The independent candidates are leading the results of the local government elections held in Balochistan on Saturday, according to unofficial results announced.
The independent candidates are followed by the candidates belonging to the parities in the ruling coalition government of the province. Overall the electoral process was peaceful and the turnout was more than 40%.
The results of 1190 seats out of 1585 seats have been announced wherein independent candidates secured 518 seats. Provincial Chief Minister Doctor Abdul Malik’s National Party (NP) bagged 152 while Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) clinched 130 seats.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamait Ulema-i-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) secured 129 and 113 seats respectively in the local bodies’ polls.
Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-A), Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), JUI-Ideology, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) shared 148 seats.
Nearly 18,000 candidates are in fray for 4,168 seats in 32 districts of the province.
The total number of seats in Balochistan for the local bodies’ election was 7200. But they reduced after 2,507 candidates from Kech district and the earthquake-affected Awaran district were elected unopposed and 513 seats remained vacant because no candidate has filed nomination papers for them.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will announce the final results of LB polls on December 10 and the schedule of by-elections for vacant seats within eight days.
Provincial Election Commission Sultan Bayazeed said that the in exception to some complaints, the local body polls held in a free, fair and transparent manner.