PTI wins big in Gilgit-Baltistan Elections 2020

PPP, PML (N) only win three and two seats respectively, offering a disappointing show in the elections

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is set to form government in Gilgit-Baltistan as PM Imran Khan’s party is leading the elections in Gilgit Baltistan with 10 seats, as per the unofficial results.

Independents have taken the second most seats with seven. Pakistan People’s Party and PML (N) have three and two seats respectively. Majlis Wahdat il Muslimeen also one a single seat.

At least 330 candidates, including four female candidates, were contesting for 24 legislative assembly seats. Polling was postponed in one of the constituencies.

Close contest

Most of the results saw a difference of a few hundred votes between the winners and the runner ups. Most winning candidates could not get 10,000 votes due to smaller local populations. People turned out to vote in large numbers despite of severe weather conditions. There are more than 700,000 registered voters in Gilgit Baltistan.

Strong security

Security measures during the elections were pretty strong and more than 15,000 law enforcement personnel were appointed for the elections to maintain law and order. Gilgit Baltistan is by and large a very peaceful part of Pakistan. However, given that there has been a recent upsurge in anti-Pakistan activities from certain quarters, strict security was the call of the hour.

Rigging allegations

PPP and PML (N) has levelled election rigging allegations after the outcome of the election in Gilgit Baltistan. Both parties were expected to bag more seats after strong campaigning in days leading to the elections. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maryam Nawaz Sharif both tweeted their opinions on the matter, criticizing the PTI government for interference.

Government denies allegations

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz denied allegations and said that the process was carried out in a transparent manner. He also added that if the elections were indeed rigged, his party would have won the majority, not just nine seats.

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