Sunday January 15, 2023

Polling Time Ends In 2nd Phase Of LG Polls In Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad.

Karachi: Polling time ended in second phase of local bodies elections in Sindh including Karachi and Hyderabad which remained overall peaceful.

The polling started at 8 am in morning and continued uninterrupted till 5 pm evening.

No major untoward incident happened in second phase of local bodies elections in Sindh including Karachi and Hyderabad, Dadu and Thatha.

Some miscreants torched political parties camps in Karachi.

As many as 3.4 million people were registered to exercise their right to vote to elect their local governments.

The polling took place in seven districts of Karachi and nine districts of the Hyderabad division.

Strict security measures have been put in place to ensure fair and transparent elections in both divisions.

As per the the ECP data, a total of 8,857 polling stations had been set up in three divisions of 16 districts across Sindh, out of which 8,153 have been declared sensitive.

Almost 17,863 candidates will compete against each other in the LG elections.

Almost 49 candidates have passed away before the elections.

Meanwhile, at least 727 candidates – seven from Karachi, 410 from Hyderabad and 310 from Thatta – have been successfully elected unopposed in the three divisions.

In Malir district, one joint seat of Chairman and Vice Chairman while three ward members were elected unopposed. Moreover, one ward member from District Central, District Korangi and District Kemari, each, elected unopposed.

In Karachi, as many as 3,415 polling stations have been classified as sensitive, 1,496 as highly sensitive and 79 as normal.

Out of 2,674 polling stations in Hyde­rabad division, 1,270 are sensitive, 779 are highly sensitive and 625 are normal.

In Thatta and Sujawal all 1,008 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 185 highly sensitive.

Sindh Labour Minister Saeed Ghani and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf`s (PTI) parliamentary party leader Khurrum Sher Zaman cast their votes in UC 8 and District South UC 12, respectively.

Zaman, speaking to media persons, said that the people of Karachi will decide their future for the next four years today.

Criticising the MQM-P, the PTI leader said that the party — whose leader held the mayorship for four years — boycotted the elections.

Jamaat-e-Islami`s (JI) Karachi President Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman, after casting his vote, appreciated the law enforcement agencies for keeping peace in Karachi during the polls.

Rehman said that some people burned the camps in some places, however, voters are still reaching their respective polling stations. ‘No untoward incident has been reported from [Districts] Central and East,’ he added.

He saidv that the people want a JI member to be elected as mayor.

Talking about the MQM-P`s decision to boycott the elections, the JI president said that the party has run away.

Talking to media further Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman said that we have serious reservations on Delimitations, demarcation of towns, census and voter lists but we did our struggle for holding of LG polls which has not been held for two and half years.

He said that how much the LG polls can be delayed for the correction of unfair Delimitations , unjust census.

The JI leader alleged that Delimitations were held when the MQM-P was part of the government adding that the MQM-P also approved census.

At that time, the MQM P did` not raise it`s voice against illegal Delimitations and census.

He lambasted on the MQM -P saying it (MQM -P) should had raised the issues related to LG polls when he joined with PDM government instead it just sold the mandate of Karachi.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) had announced to boycott local government (LG) polls.

The boycott of elections was announced in addressing a press conference in Karachi, MQM-P convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui announced that the party has decided to boycott local government (LG) elections, rejecting the ‘fake’ delimitations of constituencies and voter

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