GB Legislative Assembly polls underway
GILGIT: Polling is underway for elections on 24 seats of the second Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Voting began at 8am and is scheduled to last until 5pm, without any breaks.
About 600,000 registered voters are expected to exercise their polling rights in today's elections.
Voters will elect six members of the legislative assembly from Skardu, four from Diamer, three each from Gilgit, Hunza Nagar, Ghizer and Ganche and two from Astor.
Candidates representing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) are contesting for all 24 seats of the Legislative Assembly, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) candidates for 22 seats, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) for seven, Majils Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) candidates for 15, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam- Fazl (JUI-F) for 10, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) for 13, Tehreek-e-Islami for 12 and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) for six seats.
Tight security arrangements have been made across the region to ensure smooth voting process. For this purpose, eight units of the army have been deployed in the region. Vehicles are also being inspected at entry and exit points.
In wake of the elections, a public holiday has been declared across the region and banks are closed.
In all, 1,143 polling stations have been set up in seven districts of Gilgit-Baltistan and ballot papers dispatched to polling stations under the supervision of the army.
Out of the total, 282 polling stations have been declared highly sensitive and 269 sensitive.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), there are 618,364 registered voters in the region. The number of female voters is 288,889 while that of male voters is 329,475.
A total of 272 candidates are in the run for the Legislative Assembly.
The elected members of the Legislative Assembly will elect further eight candidates — three technocrats and five women.
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