Lahore: The country’s three main political parties have nominated candidates from almost all 45 constituencies of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly (AJKLA) to participate in today’s general election.
All 45 seats of the Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI) have sent candidates, while candidates from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are participating in the 44th election.
However, another major participant in the polls is the Muslim Conference, which awarded tickets for 41 electoral districts to its candidates (including the former prime minister and his relatives).
The TLP, which was banned due to violent activities in April this year, has sent 40-seat candidates, while Jamat-e-Islami has nominated 31 candidates; the Jammu Kashmir People’s Party has 17 cardholders; Mutahida Qaumi Movement ( MQM) 11 candidates and Pakistan People’s Party (Shaheed Bhutto) 10 candidates.
The main contest is likely to occur between cardholders of major political parties. However, considering their influence in certain areas, independents may also enter AJKLA.
In most constituencies, there are more than a dozen competitors trying their luck, which will also reduce the gap between victory and defeat.
At the same time, voting for 55 seats in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly is under strict security arrangements.
A total of 32,50,117 registered voters, including 146,8317 women, voted in all 33 constituencies in all 10 districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
In addition, all 12 constituencies for refugees from Pakistan’s Jammu and Kashmir will exercise the right to vote to elect Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s legislative assembly for the next five years.
When a registered voter exercises the right to vote, he must present his original computerized national ID card at the polling station.
A total of 587 candidates participated in the elections in 33 electoral districts in Azad Kashmir and 121 candidates from 12 electoral districts for Jammu and Kashmir refugees settled in Pakistan.
More than 40,000 security personnel including the Pakistani army, FC, Rangers and police are performing their duties to ensure peaceful voting.