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Voting underway as Baloch, Tareen face off in NA-154 by-poll

Dec 23 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

LODHRAN: Voting for the by-poll in National Assembly constituency NA-154, Lodhran, started at 8am Wednesday morning and will continue till 5pm.

Most prominent among the twenty candidates contesting the election are PML-N's Siddique Khan Baloch, who was elected in the 2013 general election from the same constituency but was disqualified by an election tribunal, and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) Jahangir Tareen.

No representation for minorities in 34 UCs of Rawalpindi

Dec 14 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

RAWALPINDI: Though all the 46 union councils (UCs) in the city have special seats reserved for non-Muslims, almost 75 per cent of them would not have any representation from minority communities.

The reason: only 12 UCs meet the criterion for a minority representative in the local government.

Under the Local Government Act 2013, there would be a reserved seat for non-Muslims in each of the union councils having at least 50 non-Muslim votes.

South Punjab : PML-N rides the victory wave, Peoples Party surprises many

Dec 07 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune
MULTAN/BAHAWALPUR: 

Most predictions and analyses had suggested that the seven south Punjab districts that went to the polls on Saturday would prove a point of departure from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-dominated north. The unofficial election results, however, suggest otherwise. 

Jhang district : Independents have field day

Dec 07 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

FAISALABAD: Independent candidates had a field day in Jhang as they polled the highest number of seats in the district council and three of the five municipal committees.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz secured a simple majority in Jhang, Garh Maharaja and Ahmedpur Sial municipal committees.

Independents were elected on chairmen and vice-chairmen panels in 75 of the 91 seats in the district council. The remaining 16 seats were won by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Scuffle: 15 injured in post-election clashes in Jhang

Dec 07 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune
FAISALABAD: 

As many as 12 people were injured in clashes following the election in wards 18 and 30 of Jhang municipal committee late Sunday night.

Heavy police contingents reached the sites and took in custody at least 13 people in a search operation in the two wards.

Witnesses in ward-18 (Mohallah Noorul Sadaat) said that clashes broke out between supporters of PML-N and PTI a few minutes after the announcement of PML-N candidate Zahid Parvaiz Lala’s victory in the election.

Final phase of elections: ECP rule violations mar Rawalpindi polls

Dec 06 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune
RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD: 

The third and final phase of local government elections in Rawalpindi on Saturday saw a high voter turnout, especially in less-developed constituencies of the city, only to be stained by couple of unpleasant incidents one involving a murder and another a clash between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters in Union Council (UC)-78 that left two injured, as well as serious violations of the election commission’s code of conduct.

Christian candidate wants to prove minorities are electable

Dec 06 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The election for the chairmanship of Union Council (UC) 16 in Rawalpindi has been deferred for 15 days due to the death of a candidate.

The UC stands out in Rawalpindi as the only one where a Christian is running for chairmanship.

The candidate — Sohail Ishtiaq — is in fact the only non-Muslim in the race for chairmanship of a UC in Rawalpindi. Ishtiaq told The Express Tribune that elections for the top slot have been postponed, but the rest of the panel is contesting for lower seats as scheduled.

PML-N scores hat-trick in Punjab LG polls

Dec 06 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune
RAWALPINDI / LAHORE: 

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has scored a hat-trick with an apparent lead in the third and final phase of the local government elections in Punjab on Saturday.

Consolidated with its wins in the previous two stages of the LG polls, the PML-N has maintained its dominance over the province. Unofficial and unconfirmed results of the third phase received until 1am put the ruling party ahead of the pack with 560 seats of the union council chairman, closely followed by independent candidates with 513 wins.

Mission accomplished: CEC content with ‘better than before’ elections

Dec 06 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: 

An hour after voting ended for the third phase of local government elections on Saturday, the chief election commissioner (CEC) expressed satisfaction with the overall exercise and termed the polls ‘better than any previous elections’.

Twelve districts of Punjab and six in Karachi went for polls in the final phase which started at 7.30am and culminated at around 5.30pm without any break.

Islamabad LG polls: PTI surprises everyone with success in urban areas

Dec 02 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Against its own expectations, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has emerged as the second largest party in Monday’s local government elections, claiming the chairman’s slot in at least 16 of the 50 union councils in the federal capital.

Following their rout in the first and second phases of LG elections in Punjab and Sindh, the PTI leadership was hopeful of a decent showing in the capital, where it had twice won the NA-48 constituency in the 2013 elections, fielding Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and Asad Umar in the general and by-elections, respectively.

Top court says no vote recount without evidence

Dec 02 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The top court has declared the process of recounting ballot papers should not be initiated without solid evidence of wrongdoing.

“The secrecy of the ballot should not be violated on the basis of frivolous, vague and totally unfounded allegations,” stated a three-judge apex court bench, headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, on Tuesday.

The judges issued the written judgment while declaring Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) leader Jam Madad Ali as the winner on PS-81 in Sanghar.

Islamabad LG polls conclude peacefully

Dec 01 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Local government (LG) elections concluded peacefully in the federal capital on Monday amid low voter turnout and high security.

Voting began at 7.00am and continued without any break till 5.30pm, Radio Pakistan earlier reported.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) received at least 30 complaints of minor nature.

Residents of Islamabad went to the polls today to elect local representatives for the first time under the newly-minted Islamabad Local Government Act, 2015.

Plot to disrupt LG polls foiled: Rangers

Dec 01 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

KARACHI: The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, on Monday claimed to have foiled a plot to sabotage the upcoming local government elections after seizing a huge cache of arms and ammunition and arresting a suspect associated with a political party.

The paramilitary force conducted a targeted action in the old city area of Bheempura and arrested the ‘criminal affiliated with a political party’, said a Rangers spokesperson.

Ruling party, PTI in a close tangle

Dec 01 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: 

In the first-ever local government elections in the federal capital on Monday, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) scrambled to get ahead of each other, with Nawaz Sharif’s party narrowly holding the edge.

Unofficial results collated from 44 of the 50 union councils show that the PML-N has won 20 UCs, followed by the PTI with 18 and independent candidates with six.

Unofficial results: PML-N bags lead in Islamabad LG polls, PTI comes in second

Dec 01 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) took the lead in the first local government (LG) polls held in the federal capital since 1979, Radio Pakistan reported.

Unofficial election results available on Tuesday reveal the PML-N secured 21 seats, with rival Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf coming in second, winning 16 seats.

Independent candidates emerged as the third largest entity, grabbing a total of 13 seats.

Islamabad LG polls kick off amidst tight security

Nov 30 2015
Pakistan
Source: 
Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Local government (LG) elections kicked off in the federal capital at 7.00am on Monday and are expected to continue till 5.30pm without any break, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has received as many as 30 complaints of minor nature so far.

Residents of Islamabad will go to the polls today to elect local representatives for the first time under the newly-minted Islamabad Local Government Act, 2015.

The last such exercise was held under military rule in 1979 on a non-party basis and was limited to rural areas only.

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