Skardu (POK), 16 November (IANS). Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party is leading in all important elections in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on Monday. Islamabad has recently declared Gilgit-Baltistan as the country’s fifth province, while opposition parties have opposed it citing irregularities.
The unofficial results of the November 15 election for the 24 general seats of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly have begun, with Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) at least nine. Seats are gaining edge. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is behind both parties.
Independent candidates are said to win in seven seats, while PPP is in third place with three seats followed by PML-N in two seats.
At least 330 candidates, including four women, were in the fray.
Polling began at eight in the morning on Sunday, which lasted till five in the evening. Despite the cold weather, a large number of people along with women and elders participated in the voting.
Heavy snowfall in parts of Gheesar, Hunza, Soest and Baltistan limited many citizens to their homes and could not participate in voting.
According to the information, the overall voting process went smoothly throughout the day, but PPP Vice President Sherry Rehman has alleged that several election observers from the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) were removed from the polling stations before the counting of votes began. had gone.
PPP President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed the election process unfair, claiming that the election was stolen.
He said, my election has been stolen. I will soon join the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in their protest.
He said that the GB Election Commission, which was relied upon to conduct transparent elections, has failed to protect the votes of the people.
He said, our party will continue its election campaign in the region and will return only after taking back their stolen seats.
A similar claim was made by PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz Sharif and alleged that the elections were rigged.
He said, neither PTI had any existence in GB before nor will it now. Some seats won by PTI are due to force, rigging, breaking PML-N candidates and winning with the help of selectors.
Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Shibli Faraj has rejected claims of rigging by opposition parties in GB elections.
He said, it was a very transparent election. If the PTI wanted to rig the election, it would have won at least 14-15 seats instead of nine.
He said that in fact it has been the tradition of the opposition and especially the PML-N that the elections they win are fair and the elections they lose are rigged.
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