Polling workers at a station in Karachi rely votes. — Photograph by Rana Javaid/Geo Information

The polling time for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Meeting elections ended at 5pm on Sunday, with the method marred by violence that noticed the loss of life of two individuals as events clashed.

Quickly after polling ended at 5pm, Minister for Info Fawad Chaudhry claimed an early victory for PTI within the Pind Dadan Khan and Khewra tehsils.

He mentioned that voter participation within the AJK polls indicated that individuals took nice curiosity in casting their vote and that they’ve expressed full confidence within the polling train.

“InshaAllah, Imran Khan’s authorities in AJK will show to be a supply of energy for the individuals of occupied Kashmir,” he mentioned.

Opposition slams PTI-led govt for ‘rigging’ elections

In a parallel growth, Opposition events slammed the PTI-led authorities for “rigging” the elections.

Senator Sherry Rehman, PPP’s vice-president, blamed the Centre for “systematic rigging” and mentioned it was making an attempt to “steal” the elections.

The PPP chief alleged PTI employees had fired on a PPP employee’s automotive throughout polling time, whereas police had uprooted a camp belonging to her social gathering.

“There’s a clear distinction between the voter lists of a number of polling stations […] PPP has submitted a written grievance to the AJK Election Fee,” she mentioned.

In the meantime, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, in an announcement, claimed PTI “goons” had attacked her social gathering’s employees in Gujranwala’s Alipur Chatha space to “rig” the election.

Aurangzeb mentioned regardless of PTI employees beating up her social gathering employees, the police “arrested these related to PML-N”.

“PTI has been allowed to interact in hooliganism with full liberty,” she alleged.

The spokesperson alleged that AJK Election Fee officers had refused to just accept PML-N’s written complaints, saying they’d settle for them after permission from the chief election commissioner.

“Complaints of violence and rigging don’t meet the factors for a clear election,” she added.

Aurangzeb had earlier drawn consideration to what she had termed as “irregularities” being reported from numerous constituencies.

“Complaints of polling brokers being prevented from coming into polling stations and closure of polling are growing,” she mentioned in an announcement.

She claimed that polling has been stalled for 2 hours at Women Main College Kangarhariwala, Union Council Komi Kot.

“Girls voters are being handled insultingly,” she added and claimed that there are studies of votes being stamped contained in the polling station with the assistance of workers.

No polling agent was allowed to enter LA-32 Chakar, LA-33 Goharabad besides that of PTI, she additional claimed.

“The techniques of 2018 and Daska elections are being repeated brazenly,” Marriyum mentioned, including: “If any untoward scenario arises then Imran sahib will probably be accountable,” she mentioned.

The polls in numbers

There are 5,118 polling stations in Azad Kashmir and 970 throughout Pakistan. A complete of three,019 polling stations in AJK had been declared as regular, whereas 1,269 polling stations had been declared delicate and 904 declared extremely delicate.

Of the extremely delicate polling stations, 168 had been in Muzaffarabad, 312 in Poonch, and 424 in Mirpur.

AJK has a complete of three.2 million voters, out of which 1.75 million are male and 1.46 million are feminine.

There are 33 electoral constituencies within the ten districts of AJK, whereas 12 constituencies are reserved for Pakistan-based Jammu and Kashmir refugees. Polling cubicles in all of the provinces have been arrange for the refugees.

Over 2.eight million voters have been registered in 33 AJK constituencies and 0.four million for the 12 Jammu Kashmir refugee constituencies in numerous components of Pakistan.

A complete of 691 candidates, together with 381 belonging to a complete of 32 registered political events and a complete of 310 unbiased candidates, are within the working for the 45 seats.

The elections are being held underneath the supervision of AJK Judiciary, Pakistan Military, and Rangers with the coordination of the native civil legislation enforcement establishments.

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