Gilgit: Preparations for the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Legislative Assembly elections on 24 seats scheduled to take place on Monday.
According toElection Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officials, election material has been hand-over to Pakistani army who will be supervising to polling stations in the seven GB districts.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has requested for the deployment of troops and Army officers have been given special magisterial powers to be able to control the law and order situation and act against those violating election laws.
Over six hundred thousand people will be exercising their right to vote at the polling stations on Monday to elect 24 legislators. Eight members – three technocrats and five women – will be indirectly elected with nearly 467 candidates are taking part in the elections.
Electioneering campaigns ended on Saturday, 24 hours before the scheduled day of the polls.
The Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly was created through a presidential order in 2009 and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won the subsequent elections, completing a five-year term in office. On December 13, 2014, an interim government was set up with a 12-member caretaker cabinet to conduct free and fair elections.
According to NADRA and the Election Commission, there 618,364 registered voters in the region with 329,475 men and 288,889 women.
Three members of the legislative assembly will be elected from District Gilgit, three from District Hunza Nagar, six from Skardu, two from Astor, four from Diamer, three from Ghizer and three from Ganche.
Leading parties Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have given party tickets to candidates in all constituencies, while candidates of the PPP are contesting on 22 seats.
The Majils Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) has 15 contesting candidates, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has 13, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) 10, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) seven, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) six, and Tehreek-e-Islami has 12 candidates.
Candidates of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Sunni Ittehad Council (SIT), Aam Admi Party, and the Gilgit-Baltistan Qaumi Movement are also contesting the polls.
A large number of independent candidates are also taking part in the elections. (Photo News / GEO Tv)