Recounting changes local govt election results

PPP loses two seats, JI loses one while PTI gets two more seats

Our Correspondent January 25, 2023


The results of local government elections held on January 15 for 229 Union Committees (UCs) out of 235 UCs of Karachi have been released.

According to the results, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is in the first position with 91 seats, followed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) with 85 seats and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is in the third position with 42 seats.

After revision of the unconfirmed results released after the polling, PPP has lost two seats, JI has lost one seat, while PTI has gained two seats. However, the Election Commission of Pakistan has not formally announced these results.

The local government elections were held in Karachi on 235 UCs out of 246 in seven districts of the city. Elections were not held in eleven UCs due to the death of 11 candidates.

The results of UCs 3, 7, and 8 of Orangi Town, UC 3 of Mominabad Town and UC 12 of Manghopir, District West have not been released while the result of UC 1 of District East has also been withheld.

According to the unofficial results of 229 UCs released yesterday, PPP has won 91 seats, JI 85, PTI 42, PML-N seven, JUI two, while TLP and independent candidate have won one seat each.

This is contrast to the preliminary results released on January 16 comparing which PPP has lost two seats and JI has also lost one seat, while PTI has gained two seats.

Out of the 45 UCs of Central District, polling was held on 42 UCs of which JI was declared the winner on 37, PPP on four and PTI on one seat.

In East District elections were held on 42 seats out of 43 UCs as per results JI won 19, PPP 14 and PTI bagged nine. Out of 30 UCs of Malir District, PPP got 20, PTI four, JI three, PML-N two and independent one.

Out of the 33 UCs of West District, elections were held in 30 after the death of three candidates, while results of five UCs were withheld.

Thus, out of 25 UCs, PPP won nine, PTI nine, JI five and JUI two. Out of 26 UCs of South district, polling was held in 25 due to death of one candidate. Out of these seats, PPP won 15 seats, PTI nine and TLP won one seat.

Similarly in 37 UCs of Korangi district, elections were held on 34 due to the death of three candidates. Out of 34 UCs of the district, JI won 21, PTI eight, PPP three and PML-N won two seats.

In Keamari District, elections were held on 31 UC seats due to the death of a candidate. Out of 32 UCs PPPP won 26 seats, PML-N three and PTI two.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has not formally announced the results. On the other hand, according to preliminary and incomplete data, PPP got more than 320,000 votes, PTI more than 358,000 and JI has bagged more than 424,000 votes.

The total number of voters in Karachi is over 8.43 million, which means that even the three major parties could not get 1.2 votes. The turnout of the municipal elections held on January 15, 2023 may set record for the lowest in history after the final figures are available.

Out of the total 8.437 million eligible voters of Karachi, the three parties could not even get 1.2 million votes together.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2023.


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