Gilgit: Under strict security and the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, the voting process for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) Sunday election is underway.
According to details, the polling started at 8am and will continue until 5pm without any break. As many as 330 candidates including four women are contesting the general elections in 23 constituencies of GB Assembly. Elections have been delayed in GBLA-3 following the death of PTI Gilgit-Baltistan President retired Justice Jaffer Shah from coronavirus.
In the Gilgit-Baltistan election, at least 1,26,997 new voters are expected to vote.
The British Electoral Commission has released a list of regionally wise voters, which shows that the total number of voters in the 2015 election was 618,364. By 2020, the total number of registered voters is 745,361, which indicates that 126,997 new voters will vote for their candidate in the upcoming British general election.
Overall District Diamer GB has more voters with a figure of 119452 than other districts of GB. While, district Nagir of GB has less voters among other districts of GB with a total figure of 37172 voters.
A total of 1,160 polling stations have been set up for GB elections, out of which 311 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 428 have been declared highly sensitive.
Reliable security arrangements have been established for the election. Approximately 10,000 police officers from Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and locals will perform their duties, while paramilitary forces will also be deployed.
In 2015, total number of voters in three Constituencies of district Gilgit were 99035 and now in 2020, total voters are118459.
In 2015, two constituencies of district Astore had 52151 voters while now in 2020, number of total registered voters are 62401.
In 2015, three constituencies of district Nagir (including Hunza, which was created as new district after 2015 election) had 67227 registered votes and in 2020, district Nagir has total registered voters are 80775 registered voters, including 43603 votes of district Hunza.
The Chief Secretary Gilgit Baltistan has announced three day holidays from today on the occasion of elections.