Polling for the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly elections ended at 5pm on Sunday, with the process escalating into violence in which two people were killed in clashes between the parties. ۔
Immediately after the polling ends at five o’clock in the evening. Later, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry claimed the PTI’s initial victory in Pind Dadan Khan and Khyora tehsils.
He said that the turnout in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections showed that the people have shown great interest in casting their vote and they have expressed full confidence in the polling exercise.
“Inshallah, Imran Khan’s government in JJ will be a source of strength for the people of Occupied Kashmir,” he said.
The opposition has blamed the PTI-led government for rigging the elections
In parallel, opposition parties have criticized the PTI-led government for “rigging” the election.
PPP vice-president Senator Sherry Rehman accused the Center of “systematic rigging” and said it was trying to “steal” the election.
The PPP leader alleged that PTI workers had opened fire on the PPP worker’s car during the polling, while police had uprooted the camp belonging to his party.
“There is a clear difference in the voter lists of many polling stations […] He said that PPP has lodged a written complaint with the Election Commission of Azad Jammu.
Meanwhile, PML-N spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb claimed in a statement that PTI “goons” had attacked her party workers in Alipur Chatha area of Gujranwala for “rigging” the election.
Aurangzeb said that despite PTI workers beating their party workers, police “arrested people associated with the PML-N”.
“The PTI has been allowed to engage in bullying with complete freedom,” he alleged.
The spokesperson alleged that AJK Election Commission officials had refused to accept the PML-N’s written complaints, saying they would accept them only with the permission of the Chief Election Commissioner.
“Complaints of violence and fraud do not meet the criteria for transparent elections,” he added.
Aurangzeb had earlier pointed out that he had been informed of “irregularities” from various quarters.
“Complaints of obstruction of polling agents from entering polling stations and closure of polling stations are on the rise,” he said in a statement.
He claimed that polling at Girls Primary School Kangharariwala, Union Council Komikot was stalled for two hours.
“Women voters are being insulted,” he added, claiming that there were reports of ballots being sealed inside polling stations with the help of staff.
He further claimed that no polling agent was allowed to enter LA-32 Chakar, LA-33 Goharabad except PTI.
“The tactics of the 2018 and Daska elections are being openly repeated,” Maryam said. He added: “Imran Sahib will be responsible if any untoward situation arises,” he said.
Number of polls
There are 5,118 polling stations in Azad Kashmir and 970 across Pakistan. A total of 3,019 polling stations in Azad Jammu and Kashmir were declared normal, while 1,269 polling stations were declared sensitive and 904 highly sensitive.
Of the highly sensitive polling stations, 168 were in Muzaffarabad, 312 in Poonch and 424 in Mirpur.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir has a total electorate of 3.2 million, of which 1.75 million are men and 1.46 million are women.
There are 33 constituencies in ten districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir while 12 constituencies are reserved for Jammu and Kashmir refugees residing in Pakistan. Polling booths have been set up for refugees in all provinces.
More than 0.4 million voters are registered in different parts of Pakistan for 33 constituencies of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 28 Jammu and Kashmir refugee constituencies.
A total of 691 candidates, including 381 from 311 registered political parties and 310 independent candidates, are contesting for the 45 seats.
The elections are being held under the supervision of the judiciary of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Army and Rangers in coordination with local civil law enforcement agencies.