Supporters of former home minister Zulfiqar Mirza staged a sit-in in Badin on Sunday to protest the delay in announcement of results of four union councils where polls were held on Saturday. They alleged the Sindh government is influencing the Returning Officer to change results in favour of Pakistan Peoples Party candidates. The RO said he will declare the results on Monday (today). The PPP secured 29 seats of the district council and 31 of chairmen and vice-chairmen of UCs in the 68-UC district council. The remaining seats were bagged by Mirza-led candidates, besides PML-F and PML-N. The results will decide who will form the district government, which is the only one in Sindh excluding Karachi where PPP’s opponents may win.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2016.