Guwahati News Desk: In the recently held PoK elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won 23 seats while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) came second with eight seats and the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) secured just six seats.
Meanwhile, the Muslim
Conference (MC) and Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Party (JKPP) were successful in one seat each.
It will be PTIs first time of forming a government in PoK, as they got the majority to form the government, without the support of any other party.
Regarding the assembly, it consists of a total of 53 members, but only 45 have been directly elected, while five seats are reserved for women and three are meant for the technocrats.
As per the sources, the 45 members directly elected included 33 residents of PoK and 12 refugees, who came over the years from Kashmir and settled in various cities of Pakistan.
PTI Barrister, Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, who is the front-runner candidate for the ‘Prime Minister’ of the region, won from his seat. Meanwhile, former ‘Prime Minister’ and PML-N leader Raja Farooq Haider retained his seat and another ex-‘Prime Minister’ and chief of Muslim Conference, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, also won.
According to sources, a total of 587 candidates contested the elections in 33 constituencies of various PoK districts and 121 candidates in 12 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir refugees settled in Pakistan.
However, Pakistan’s Opposition parties, PPP and PML-N, have accused Khan’s party of “rigging” the elections held on Sunday.
PPP’s vice-president, Senator Sherry Rehman, informed that the PTI workers attacked the PPP workers during the time of polling, while police had uprooted a camp belonging to her party. To which she stated, “There is a clear difference between the voter lists of several polling stations.”
PML-N spokesperson, Marriyum Aurangzeb, claimed that, in order to rig the election, the PTI “goons” attacked her party’s workers in Gujranwala’s Alipur Chatha area.
However, the region’s Election Commission rejected the allegations and said that the polls were held in a fair and peaceful manner.