QUETTA: Jamiat Ulemae Islam (F) is atop with 964 seats in local bodies polls in Balochistan. Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party is second with 765 votes, National Party third with 562 and PML-N fourth winning 472 votes.

A majority of 21 candidates have returned as independents against 58 seats in Metropolitan Corporation. PMAP bagged 18, PML-N 5 BNP, HDP and PTI have 3 representatives.

This was stated by Provincial Election Commissioner Balochistan Syed Sultan Bayazeed at a press conference here Saturday.

He said with the cooperation of law enforcement agencies, government and administration elections were held in peaceful manner. No delay was made in the announcement of results however there was some delay in issuance of notification. He said till midnight of Dec 10 we reviewed all complaints under powers conferred upon us and completed results and sent them to Chief Election Commissioner in Islamabad. Notification would be issued within a day or so.

He said Returning Officers have requested to withhold results on 17 wards. On the approval of Election Commission election tribunals would be constituted. District and session judge or additional session judge would heads these tribunals in every district.

He said there have been objections in local bodies polls in Balochistan but this time elections remained completely peaceful and we are fully satisfied with these polls.

He said Action Chief Election Commissioner and Secretary Election Commission visited Quetta on Dec 7 and reviewed polls process and other matters.

“ We are thankful to law enforcement agencies, security forces, media and political parties who extended cooperation in the conduct of local bodies polls.”

He said lb polls were held on Dec 7 on 4036 seats. Elections were not held in three districts Awaran, Kech and Harnai. Schedule for polls there would soon be issued while elected representatives would take oath within one month after issuance of notification. Polls would also be held on vacant seats during this period. After election of special seats Mayors and Deputy Mayors would be elected.

Answering a question PEC said that there are 2330 women seats while 744 seats each for peasants , labour and minority.

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