Tehreek-i-Insaf major winning party in KP cantt elections

Published April 26, 2015
The supporters of an independent candidate distribute sweets after announcement of results of Peshawar Cantonment Board elections on Saturday. — Photo by Shahbaz Butt
The supporters of an independent candidate distribute sweets after announcement of results of Peshawar Cantonment Board elections on Saturday. — Photo by Shahbaz Butt

PESHAWAR: The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf emerged as the major winning party in the Saturday’s cantonment board elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to the unofficial election results, PTI was the winner in 10 of the 32 wards in the province’s 11 cantonment boards, independent candidates in 15, Jamaat-i-Islami in three, Awami National Party in two and Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz one each.

Elections took place in 10 cantonment boards as independents have already been elected unopposed in Cherat.

The polling occurred peacefully amid tight security provided by the police and the army at polling stations.

In Peshawar cantonment area, PTI won in two of the five wards and PPP, JI and independents one each.

Independent candidate Waris Khan won election in Ward No 1 by defeating candidates of major political parties.

In Ward No 2, Sher Afzal Khan of PTI got 308 votes to emerge as winner. The runner-up was Mohammad Younas of ANP.

Former World Squash champion Qamar Zaman also contested election in the ward on the PML-N ticket but lost it.

Wins in 10 of 32 wards, independents in 15, JI in three, ANP in two, PPP and PML-N in one each

Yadullah Khan Bangash of PPP was elected in Ward No 3 with 722 votes, while Ghulam Hussain of PTI was elected in Ward No 4.

Noted lawyer Atif Ali Khan, a Jamaat-i-Islami candidate, was elected in Ward No 5 by getting 608 votes.

After the unofficial results were announced, supporters of winning candidates took to the streets to celebrate victory. They danced to the drumbeats and marched through cantonment areas.

Overall, 43 people contested Peshawar cantonment board elections.

The police and army personnel were deployed at polling stations.

They allowed voters to enter polling stations after thorough body search.

Similarly, the police’s quick response force patrolled the cantonment areas as part of security measures.

In Bannu cantonment, PTI and independent won elections in two wards each.

PTI candidate Haji Mumtaz Khan took 396 votes and independent Shireen Malik 433 votes to emerge as winners.

Eight candidates, five in Ward 1 and three in Ward 2, contested elections.

The votes polled totaled 5,260.

In Kohat cantonment, Mohsin Ateeque of PTI and independents Asad Javed and Mohammad Saqlain were elected in three wards. They secured 308, 628 and 447 votes respectively.

Tight security checks were in Tehreek-i-Insaf major winning party in KP cantt elections place at and outside polling stations.

The policemen visited polling stations throughout the polling time to check security arrangements.

In Abbottabad, Havelian and Kalabagh cantonment areas, PTI won in three of nine wards, PML-N in one and independents in others.

In Kalabagh cantonment area, independent candidate Mumtaz Hussain won elections in Ward 1 by getting nine votes against Dr Arif of PTI, who received three votes.

There were 17 registered voters in the area.

Independent candidate Bashir Khan has already been elected unopposed in Ward 2.

In Abbottabad cantonment area, Sajjad Akhtar of PML-N won in Ward No 1, Syed Shah Faisal of PTI in Ward No 2, independent candidate Wajid Khan in Ward No 3, Zulfiqar Ali of PTI in Ward No 4 and Mohammad Bashir of PTI in Ward No 5.

In Havelian cantonment area, two independent candidates, Babur Khan and Javed Khan, were elected.

A total of 39 people contested elections in the three cantonment areas of Abbottabad district.

Of them, 28 were in Abbottabad, eight in Havelian and three in Kalabagh.

In two cantonment areas of Nowshera district, three independents, two PTI and JI candidates each and one ANP candidate emerged as winners.

Fayyaz Khan of PTI won elections in Ward 1 in Nowshera cantonment area by getting 433 votes and Wajid Qayyum of ANP in Ward No 2 by securing 567 votes.

Shahid Khan of JI and independent candidate Mohammad Ismail won elections in the remaining two wards by receiving 1,014 and 527 votes respectively.

In three wards of Risalpur cantonment area, PTI, JI and independent candidates emerged as winners.

Abid Mashwani of PTI won in Ward 1 by getting 1,522 votes, Nadeem Mashwani of JI in Ward 2 by securing 240 votes and independent Mohammad Aslam in Ward 3 by getting 488 votes.

In Dera Ismail Khan cantonment area, independent candidate Major (r) Kifayatullah emerged as winner in one of the two wards by getting 232 votes.

Inamullah Khan Kundi of PTI has already been elected in the other ward unopposed.

In Cherat cantonment, polling didn’t take place as two candidates on its two wards have already elected unopposed.

In Mardan cantonment area, Tariq Khan of ANP won in Ward 1 by receiving 246 votes and independent Haji Anwar Ali in Ward 2 by getting 228 votes.

Published in Dawn, April 26th, 2015

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