Polling in tribal districts concludes, vote count underway

Polling in tribal districts concludes, vote count underway

Peshawar (Web Desk): Voting for elections on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly's 16 general seats in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) concluded on Saturday evening.

Polling began at 8am and ended at 5pm and the counting of 

According to the Provincial Election Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the polling was held in a peaceful and transparent manner.

Tight security measures were taken for maintaining peaceful atmosphere on the occasion of polling. Security forces were deployed inside and outside 554 highly sensitive polling stations.

As per the election commissioner, results in the tribal districts will be given on WhatsApp due to a network issue in the area.

Total 285 candidates are contesting polls, out of which, 202 are independent candidates. There are over 2.8 million registered voters in the area, of which 1.13 million are women.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has fielded the most candidates whereas Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) 15, Awami National Party (ANP) 14, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) 13, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) 13 and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has five candidates.

Two women are also contestingfor the polls, including 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.