PTI takes early lead in the second phase of KPK elections

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On Thursday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) gained an early lead in the vote count in the second phase of local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with ballots being counted till early Friday morning.

In K-P, elections were held in 65 tehsils across 18 districts. The counting of votes began after the polls closed at 5 p.m. The PTI leads in 22 tehsils, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in 5, and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in four, according to preliminary data.

According to reports in the media, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was leading in two districts and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was leading in one. The results could change after all of the votes are counted, according to the article.

Previously, voting began at 8 a.m. and lasted until 5 p.m. Despite some minor conflicts between supporters of rival candidates, voting went on without a hitch, and no significant incidents occurred.

Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batgram, Torghar, Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan, Kolai, Swat, Shangla, Malakand, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Chitral Upper and Chitral Lower districts, and Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Chitral Upper and Chitral Lower districts held local elections.

For the positions of Tehsil mayors and chairman, there are 651 contenders. According to unofficial results, the PTI is ahead in six of the district’s seven tehsils, including Matta, Khwazakhela, Babuzai, and Barikot.

Aside from Abbottabad and Mansehra, the PTI candidates were in the early lead in Alpuri Tehsil of Shangla; Balambat, Lower Dir; Dargai, Malakand; Lower Tanawal, Mastuj, Chitral; Dargai, Malakand; Lower Tanawal, Mastuj, Chitral; Dargai, Malakand; Lower Tanawal, Mastuj, Chitral; Dargai, Malak

In Havelian Tehsil, an Independent was leading, in Kurram Tehsil, JUI-F was leading, and in Lorah Tehsil, the PML-N candidate was leading. According to unofficial results, the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen candidate won the Upper Karam tehsil while the Rah-e-Haq Party won the Lower Orakzai tehsil.

Polling took conducted in 1,830 union councils in the second phase. These districts had a total of 8, 057, 474 registered voters, with 4,489,771 male voters and 3,567, 703 female voters. There were 29,338 candidates in total, with 13,331 running for general seats and 3,201 running for women’s seats.

On December 19, polling took place in 17 districts across the province, with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) winning 23 Tehsils and towns. With 19 seats, the PTI came in second, followed by nine independent candidates.

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