People in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s newly merged districts cast their votes to elect provincial representatives on Saturday for the first time in history. The unofficial and unverified results have started pouring in.
Independents swept the elections winning seven seats. The PTI won five, JUI-F two and JI and ANP won one each.
Sixteen seats are being contested in seven districts. Of the 285 candidates standing for the election, 202 are independent candidates. There are over 2.8 million registered voters in the area, of which 1.13 million are women.
At 16, the PTI has the most candidates contesting the election from a political party. The JUI-F has 15 candidates, ANP has 14, PPP and JI both have 13 and the PML-N has five candidates. Two women are also contesting the election – the ANP’s Naheed Afridi in PK-106 Khyber and JI’s Malasa Bibi in PK-108 Kurram.
A total of 1,897 polling stations have been set up across the merged districts. Of these, 482 have been reserved for men, 376 for women, and 1,049 are combined. Pakistan Army, police and Frontier Constabulary personnel have been deployed at polling stations across the seven districts.
Unverified, unofficial results
5/104 polling stations
Waheed Gul (Jamat-e-Islami) – 1,037
Gul Afzal (Awami National Party) – 538
10/86 polling stations
Nisar Ahmed (Awami National Party) – 1,741
Rahim Shah (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) – 1,236
2/108 polling stations
Muhammad Arif (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl) – 496
Sajjad Khan (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) – 326
PK-108 (Kurram -1)
29/135 polling stations
Muhammad Riaz (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl) – 2,291
Jameel Khan (Independent) – 1,596
24/130 polling stations
Syed Iqbal Mian (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) – 9,229
Inayat Hussain (Independent) – 3,944
4/175 polling stations
Shoaib Hasan (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) – 261
Syed Ghazi Ghazan (Independent) – 115
PK-111 (North Waziristan-1)
11/76 polling stations
Samiud Din (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl) – 1,154
Muhammad Iqbal Khan (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) – 1,165
PK-112 (North Waziristan-2)
17/102 polling stations
Mir Kalam Khan (Independent) – 2,748
Siddiqullah (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl) – 1,544
PK-115 (Former Frontier Regions)
30/163 polling stations
Abid ur Rehman (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) – 4,738
Muhammad Shoaib (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl) -4,431