The PTI has extended its lead within the Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislature after winning three women’s reserved seats, while PPP and PML-N were ready to bag one each, the region’s committee announced Sunday.
All five candidates won unopposed.
From PTI Imtiaz Naseem, Sabeha Sadique, Kausar Taqdees Gilani emerged victorious, while from PPP Nabila Ayub and from PML-N Nasaran Abbasi were the winning candidates.
A total of 10 candidates had submitted their nomination papers for the reserved seats, however, five of them withdrew their names later.
Polling on three other reserved seats — one each for technocrats, ulema-o-mashaikh, and overseas Kashmiris — are going to be conducted on Monday as quite one candidate is contesting each category.
Following the newest results, PTI has 29 seats within the AJKLA, PPP has 12, and PML-N seven.
On July 29, PTI won the LA-16 Bagh 3 seat of the AJKLA, whose results were withheld for re-polling on four polling stations, after clashes brought polling to a halt on July 25.
According to unofficial results, PTI candidate Sardar Mir Akbar bagged 23,561 votes, whereas PPP’s Sardar Qamaruz Zaman obtained 23,267 votes — a difference of a mere 294 votes.
Of the entire 939 votes cast by government employees, PTI received 396, whereas PPP got 421.
In the polls on July 25, PTI emerged because the largest winner with 25 seats, PPP came in second place with 11, while PML-N won six seats.
Seats won by each party thus far , supported provisional, unofficial data. Total 45 seats were up for grabs.
n the July 25 polling exercise, voting was held in 163 of 167 polling stations, during which the PTI candidate was already within the lead, receiving 22,503 votes, while the PPP candidate got 22,307.
All four polling stations that were open for re-polling were declared by the district administration as sensitive due to which stringent security arrangements had been made. This included the deployment of 400 cops and commandos.