People in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s newly merged districts cast their votes to elect provincial representatives today (Saturday) for the f
People in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s newly merged districts cast their votes to elect provincial representatives today (Saturday) for the first time in history. The unofficial and unverified results have started pouring in.
The voting ended at 5pm.
Sixteen seats are being contested in seven districts. Of the 285 candidates standing for the election, 202 are independent candidates. There are over 2.8 million registered voters in the area, of which 1.13 million are women.
At 16, the PTI has the most candidates contesting the election from a political party. The JUI-F has 15 candidates, ANP has 14, PPP and JI both have 13 and the PML-N has five candidates. Two women are also contesting the election – the ANP’s Naheed Afridi in PK-106 Khyber and JI’s Malasa Bibi in PK-108 Kurram.
A total of 1,897 polling stations have been set up across the merged districts. Of these, 482 have been reserved for men, 376 for women, and 1,049 are combined. Pakistan Army, police and Frontier Constabulary personnel have been deployed at polling stations across the seven districts.
The seven districts have been divided into 16 provincial assembly seats. The unofficial and unverified results reported so far are:
PK-100 Bajaur I
The results of 77 polling stations are in so far. PTI’s Anwarzeb Khan is leading with 10,916 votes, while JI’s Maulana Waheed Gul is trailing with 8.529 votes. ANP’s Gul Afzal has secured 5,913 votes.
PK-101 Bajaur II
The results of 60 polling stations are in so far. JI’s Haroon Rasheed is leading with 7,005 votes, while PTI’s Ajmal Khan has bagged 5,734 votes. ANP’s Lal Shah has got 4,817 votes.
PK-102 Bajaur III
According to the results from 82 polling stations, JI’s Sirajuddin is leading with 285 votes, independent candidate Khalid has gotten 135 votes. PTI’s Hameedur Rehman has received only 46 votes.
PK-104 Mohmand II
According to the results from 40 polling stations, independent candidate Malik Abbas is leading with 6,440 votes, while PTI’s Sajjad Mohmand has gotten 4313 votes. JUI’s Arif Haqqani has secured 4,085 votes.
PK-105 Khyber I
The unofficial results of all 110 polling stations have come in. Counting has finished in this constituency. Independent candidate Shafiq Sher Afridi has won the seat with 18,135 votes, while independent candidate Sher Khan is second with 6,767 votes.
PK-106 Khyber II
The unofficial results of all 89 polling stations have arrived. Independent candidate Bilal Afridi has won with 12,800 votes, while PTI’s Amir Khan Afridi is second with 6,561 votes.
PK-108 Kurram I
There are a total of 135 polling stations. According to the results of 57 polling stations, JUI-F’s Muhammad Riaz is winning with 4,616 votes while independent candidate Jameel Chamakni is following behind closely with 3,842 and PTI’s Shahid Khan is catching on with 2,058 votes.
PK-109 Kurram II
There are a total of 131 polling stations. Of these, the results for 24 polling stations are in. PTI’s Iqbal Mian is leading with 9,229 votes, independent candidate Inayat Ali is in second place with 3,944 votes and Abrar Jan, also an independent candidate, has got 1,262 votes so far.
The results of 47 polling stations are in so far. Independent candidate Ghazan Jamal is leading with 6,732 votes, while PTI’s Shoaib Hassan has got 2,541 votes. Independent candidate Malik Habib Noor has secured 1,085 votes.
PK-111 North Waziristan I
This constituency has a total of 76 polling stations, of which the results for nine polling stations are in. PTI’s Muhammad Iqbal Mian is leading with 1,675 votes, while JUI’s Maulana Samiuddin is behind him with 1,007 votes. PML-N’s Muhammad Nazir has secured 504 votes.
PK-112 North Waziristan II
The results of 55 polling stations are in so far. Independent candidate Mir Kalam Wazir is leading with 5,559 votes while JUI’s Mufti Siddiqullah is trailing with 4,033 votes. PTI’s Aurangzeb has
PK-113 South Waziristan I
The results of seven polling stations are in. Independent candidate Abdul Waheed has taken the lead with 1,705 votes while JUI’s Assamuddin has bagged 564 votes so far. PTI’s Afsar Khan is in third position with 367 votes.
PK-114 South Waziristan II
The results of 56 polling stations are in so far. PTI’s Naseerullah is leading with 6,278 votes, while independent candidate Arif Wazir has bagged 4,952 votes. JUI’s Muhammad Sualeh has got 3,508 votes.
PK-115 Ex-Frontier regions
The results of 13 polling stations are in so far. ANP’s Ghulam Qadir is leading with 1,228 votes, while JUI-F’s Shoaib Afridi is trailing with 989 votes. PTI’s Abid Rehman has secured 569 votes, while JUI-F’s Haji Shoaib has gotten 100 votes.
Polling has begun in Bajaur’s PK-100, PK-101 and PK-102. A huge turnout is being reported at the polling stations.
Polling has begun in Mohmand’s PK-103 and PK-104. A fierce competition is expected between the PTI, JUI-F and ANP in the area.
Polling was temporarily stopped in PK-105 Khyber’s Landi Kotal after a fight broke out between independent candidate Shafiq Sher and ANP workers outside the Government Girls High School polling station. The police and security forces broke up the fight and more policemen were called in.
Polling has also begun in PK-106’s Jamrud where the PTI’s Ameer Ahmed is going up against independent candidate Bilal Afridi. In Jamrud, lots of older voters are being seen. The number of voters is decreasing as the heat increases.
Polling has begun in PK-110 Orakzai, where 196,136 votes are registered. There are 24 candidates contesting the elections in the district. The main contest is between independent candidate Ghazan Jamal and PTI’s Shoaib Hassan. Twenty-three polling stations have been set up in Kohat for internally displaced persons from PK-110 Orakzai. A rush is being reported at these stations as lots of people have come to vote.
Polling has begun in Miranshah’s PK-111. The contest in the district is between independent candidate Mir Kalam, JUI-F candidate Mufti Siddiq Ullah and PTI candidate Malik Aurangzeb.
Polling has begun in North Waziristan’s PK-112. In Miranshah, a rush is being reported at the women’s polling stations.
Polling is under way in South Waziristan’s PK-113 and PK-114. Approximately 218,835 registered voters in PK-113 and 167,994 in PK-114 will head to the polling stations today. A total of 237 polling stations have set up in the entire district. The main contest in PK-113 will be between JUI-F candidate Maulana Asaamuddin and independent candidate Brigadier (retd) Qayyum Sher. In PK-114 the contest is between the PTI’s Naseerullah and independent candidate Muhammad Arif.
Polling has begun in PK-115. A total of 163 polling stations have been set up in the area, of which 81 have been declared extremely sensitive.
Adviser to the KP chief minister Ajmal Wazir told SAMAA TV that these elections are the result of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision and CM Mahmood Khan’s direction. He counted the lack of incidents in the area as their biggest success. He said PM Khan is the first prime minister to visit the districts and hold rallies in the area.
Regarding the opposition’s — particularly Bilawal Bhutto Zardari — claims that they were not allowed to campaign in the area properly, he said the PPP held a rally in South Waziristan recently in which senior leaders like Farhatullah Babar participated. They held a rally in one of the most sensitive areas, he said, adding that the opposition has no proof to back up their accusations.
Wazir said the KP government has the clear cut stance that they will welcome whoever wins the election and treat them as if they are their own members.
Reporting by Abdul Rahman, Ahmed Nawaz Mughal, Basit Gilani, Fakhar Ul Islam, Fayaz Ahmed, Hasban Ullah, Khan Zamir, Kiftayatullah Paracha and Sajjad Haider. Follow SAMAA English on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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