LAHORE (Web Desk / Reuters) – The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has won the majority of seats in Punjab and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has secured most seats in Sindh in the local government elections, according to unofficial results released on Sunday.
The local polls, the first in 10 years, were held on Saturday in the twelve districts including Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Chakwal, Bhakkar, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Pakpattan, Okara, Lodhran, Vehari and Bahawalnagar of central province of Punjab and eight districts including Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Kashmore, Ghotki, Larkana, Shahdadkot and Jacobabad of the southern province of Sindh.
The two other provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the northwest and Balochistan in the west, voted earlier this year. The PTI won in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in May but the PML-N and its allies came out on top in Balochistan in January.
Local bodies, in which voters elect councillors directly, devolve administrative and financial powers to lower tiers of electoral bodies.
PUNJAB ELECTION RESULTS
According to unofficial results, the PML-N led with 1,104 out of 2,696 UC seats, with independent candidates gaining the second position with 915 seats in the first phase of local government elections in Punjab.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party only won 256 seats and the PPP secured 100 posts of union council chairman/vice-chairman.
In Okara, the PML-N clinched 137 slots of UC and the PTI 21. Ninety-two offices went to independents while PPP secured 20 seats.
In Kasur, the PML-N won 127, followed by independents 89 and PTI 85.
In Gujrat, the PML-N bagged 93 seats, independents 51 and PML-Q 35.
In Bahawalnagar, independent candidates won 162 seats, PML-N 52 and Muslim League Zia secured 3 UC slots.
In Bhakar, 27 seats went to the N-League, 36 to independents and one to the PPP.
In Vehari district, 54 seats were won by the PML-N candidates, independent candidates 81, PTI 27 and the PPP secured only 3 seats.
In Lodhran, PML-N grabbed 71, independent candidates 82, and PTI won 13 seats.
In Nankana Sahib, PML-N secured 62 seats, independent candidates 62, PTI 20 and PPP got two seats.
In Pakpattan, PML-N succeeded in clinching 61 UC seats, independent candidates 52, PTI 21 and Awami Tehreek won one seat.
SINDH ELECTION RESULTS
According to unofficial results, the PPP secured a thumping majority in eight districts of Sindh, followed by independents and the PML-Functional.
The ruling PPP in Sindh has won 772 seats so far.
Independent candidates won 230 seats, PML-F 74 and JUI-F won 17 seats.