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As votes recounted, PPP loses 2 UCs to JI in Karachi City Council

121 reserved seats will be proportionally distributed among winners
Updated 24 Jan, 2023 06:30pm


It’s a nail-biting wrap to Karachi’s local government elections. The PPP appeared to be in the lead by Tuesday but then it lost two UCs to the Jamaat-e-Islami when results were reviewed, changing party strengths in the City Council.

The original results suggested that the PPP had won 93 UCs. The Jamaat-e-Islami won 86 UCs and the PTI came third with 40 UCs. However, during the review of the results forms, JI candidates were declared winners in Orangi Town’s UC 6 and Safoora Town’s UC 1. This leaves the PPP with 91 and JI with 85 seats.

The Election Commission finalised results for Karachi’s seven districts around 10:30pm Monday – over 28 hours after voting ended. No single political party emerged with a clean majority in the City Council to be able to name a mayor. And so a coalition will have to be cobbled together to elect one.

A coalition is a loose term for a temporary alliance to achieve a political goal.

The MQMP exited the election in a huff but faction MQM Haqiqi bagged one seat. PML-Nawaz has seven seats and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) won three seats. Newest entrant, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has two.

Three independent candidates were also elected UC chairpersons.

The City Council is made up of 246 Union Councils. The election took place for 235 UC chairpersons and it was postponed in 11 UCs after some of the candidates passed away after submitting their nomination papers. The election was originally supposed to take place in July 2022 but it was rescheduled multiple times due to floods and worries over outbreaks of violence.

The results released Monday evening were for 235 UCs that went to the polls.

Reserved seats

The direct election was held on 235 seats in the City Council but there are another 121 seats which are reserved or set aside for women, youth, laborers, differently-abled people, khwaja sira, and minorities. They will be proportionally allotted to political parties winning UCs.

The PPP will get the highest number of reserved seats since it has won the highest number of directly elected constituencies. Its total number was to swell to 142. However, this may change after two UCs went to JI during the review.

The JI was to likely get a total of 133 seats and the PTI 60. The PMLN, JUI, and TLP will see their total number of seats rise to 9, 4, and 3, respectively.

This table shows the likely position of each party after adding on the reserved City Council seats. The election to the remaining 11 constituencies will change the final tally.

Party Direct election Women Youth Laborers Minorities Disabled Transgenders Total
PPP 91 32 5 5 5 1 1 140
JI 85 28 5 5 5 1 1 135
PTI 42 14 2 2 2 0 0 60
PMLN 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 9
JUI 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
TLP 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
MQM-H 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
INDEP 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Total 235 81 12 12 12 2 2 356

Hence, our final parliament donut for Karachi city council will look like this after adding reserved seats. However, a word of caution: This is only a preliminary estimate based on the Sindh Local Government Act 2021 and not the official seat allocation approved by the ECP.

Who could be Karachi’s mayor?

There is a possibility that PPP and JI could control the City Council in Karachi by forming an alliance. Another option is for the JI and PTI to gang up against the PPP. JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman is a strong contender for the mayorship. The PPP may field Murtaza Wahab, who was the Karachi Administrator until recently, or Saeed Ghani.

The JI and PPP will control most of the Town Municipal Committees (TMCs) in Karachi’s 25 towns, the results indicated.

To a question while meeting the media, CM Murad Ali Shah said Monday that the government would cooperate with the “to be elected” Mayor of Karachi. “I am sure the new Mayor would not cry for want of power but would focus to serve the people of this city and its people,” he said and added the local bodies have all the powers they need to serve the people.

The CM said he made a last ditch effort to persuade the MQM-P to stand. “When a political party chooses to boycott the election means it is creating a vacuum that other parties fill in,” he said. Once the PPP had boycotted the election held on a non-party basis [during the Zia regime] but it caused a huge political loss.

He said his government had passed the local government law under which towns were created in the city. This was done, he said, in consultation with all stakeholders.

Reaction to delayed results

All three leading parties, the PPP, JI and PTI, were unhappy about the ECP delaying the results. PPP’s Saeed Ghani warned Sunday night that this could cast a pall over the transparency of the electoral process.

The chief minister talked to the Election Commissioner, Sindh. “Some people are giving the impression that the provincial government is causing a delay in the results,” Murad Ali Shah said. “As a matter of fact, my government has nothing to do with counting and releasing results.”

The CM said the election commission explained that Presiding Officers were counting the results twice, and this was causing the delay.

On Monday morning, JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman and PTI’s Ali Zaidi held separate press conferences to question the delay. The PTI rejected the election process and accused the ECP of rigging (Read more on our Urdu website here).

Activists from both JI and PTI protested outside the offices of Returning Officers (ROs) who are responsible for announcing the results.

Polling ended at 5pm on Sunday and the count began a little later as voters inside the polling stations were allowed to continue voting. This is the rule.

The Election Commission of Pakistan extended polling time for a select few polling stations where the start had been delayed in the morning, Aaj News correspondent Naveed Akbar reported from Islamabad. The additional time was allowed in exact proportion to the delay in the morning, he said.

Results in detail

Aaj News took the lead in broadcasting the first result. In Chanesar Goth Town of district East, PPP’s Aurangzaib Taj led for UC chairman and JI’s Umar Farooq trailed behind, TV reported as soon as the clock struck 6pm.

The TV collected and broadcasted the results as soon as they are declared. The website is publishing them here.

In Sunday’s polls, voters elected UC chairmen who will be members of the City Council. They and their colleagues on reserved seats in turn will elect the mayor of the city.

Read more on how your vote elects Karachi’s next mayor

Voters have also elected members to Town Municipal Committees (TMCs) for Karachi’s 25 towns. These members will elect town nazims. We have created a bar chart of each party’s position in all 25 towns. If a party leads the bar chart, let’s say, in Liaquatabad Town, it will control the TMC for that town.

At least one member to the city council and one member to Ibrahim Hyderi TMC were elected unopposed. Ibrahim Moosani was elected chairman and Mohammad Rafiq Dawood the vice chairman in UC10 Rehri in Malir district.

The following table provides the result on candidates who are leading the polls.

District Town UC UCName Category CandidateName Party
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 01 Shafiq Colony Chairman Asim Ali Makhdomi JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 01 Shafiq Colony Vice Chairman Sabir Hussain JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 02 Samnabad Chairman Faisal Shaikh JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 02 Samnabad Vice Chairman Zaheer Mustafa Syed JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 03 Water Pump Chairman Mirza Afaq JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 03 Water Pump Vice Chairman Noman Ul Haq Siddiqui JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 04 Naseerabad Chairman Syed Mateh Ullah Hasni JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 04 Naseerabad Vice Chairman Mirza Muhammad Owais Baig JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 05 Yaseen Abad Chairman Arif Muneer Siddiqui JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 05 Yaseen Abad Vice Chairman Mansoor Ahmed JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 06 Azizabad Chairman Kwaja Ghulam Qamar JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 06 Azizabad Vice Chairman Muhammad Ilyas JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 07 Karimabad Chairman Zubair JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 07 Karimabad Vice Chairman Muhammad Ilyas JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 08 Guberg Chairman Muhammad Farooq Naimat Ullah JI
Karachi Central Gulberg UC 08 Guberg Vice Chairman Shalal JI
Karachi Central Liaquatabad UC 01 Moosa Colony Chairman Obaid Ur Rehman JI
Karachi Central Liaquatabad UC 01 Moosa Colony Vice Chairman Muhammad Hanif JI
Karachi Central Liaquatabad UC 04 Ibn-e-Seena Chairman Obaid Ahmed Khna JI
Karachi Central Liaquatabad UC 04 Ibn-e-Seena Vice Chairman Talha Haseeb JI
Karachi Central Liaquatabad UC 07 C Area Chairman Khalid PTI
Karachi Central Liaquatabad UC 07 C Area Vice Chairman Muhammad Farhan PTI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 01 Paposh Nagar Chairman Muhammad Iqbal JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 01 Paposh Nagar Vice Chairman Aftab Hameed JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 02 Abbasi Shaheed Chairman Kashif Uddin Shamsi JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 02 Abbasi Shaheed Vice Chairman Ali Hassan Shaikh JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 03 Hadi Market Chairman Syed Wajih Hasan JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 03 Hadi Market Vice Chairman Muhammad Saleem JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 04 Nazimabad Chairman Muhammad Umair Akram JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 04 Nazimabad Vice Chairman Syed Muhammad Muzaffar JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 05 Rizvia Society Chairman Syed Shah Muhammad Kamal JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 05 Rizvia Society Vice Chairman Abdul Latif JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 06 Firdous Colony Chairman Javeed Mureed Bikak PPP
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 06 Firdous Colony Vice Chairman Abdul Khaliq PPP
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 07 Gulbahar Chairman Muhammad Saleem JI
Karachi Central Nazimabad UC 07 Gulbahar Vice Chairman Furqan Ul Islam JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 01 Sir Syed Chairman Syed Shahzad Mazhar Zaidi JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 01 Sir Syed Vice Chairman Syed Arshad Hasan JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 02 Farooq e Azam Chairman Farhan Sohail JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 02 Farooq e Azam Vice Chairman Atif Ali Khan JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 03 Siddiq Akbar Chairman Abdul Hameed JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 03 Siddiq Akbar Vice Chairman Maaz Ahmed JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 04 Buffer Zone Chairman Mohd Abrar JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 04 Buffer Zone Vice Chairman Syed Zeeshan Ali Rizvi JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 05 Taimuria Chairman Syed Naved Zafar JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 05 Taimuria Vice Chairman Syed Muhammad Onaib JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 07 Hyderi Chairman Muhammad Atif Baqai JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 07 Hyderi Vice Chairman Khalid Maqsood JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 08 Al Falah Chairman Naeem Ur Rehman Khan JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 08 Al Falah Vice Chairman Zulfiqar Ahmed JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 09 Pahar Ganj Chairman Dil Muhammad PPP
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 09 Pahar Ganj Vice Chairman Majid Niaz PPP
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 10 Mustafaabad Chairman Sohaib Jamal JI
Karachi Central North Nazimabad UC 10 Mustafaabad Vice Chairman Noor Muhammad Shadab JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 01 Shahnawaz Bhutto Colony Chairman Sajid Hassan JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 01 Shahnawaz Bhutto Colony Vice Chairman Syed Muhammad JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 02 Gulshan-e-Saeed Chairman Muhammad Ahmer Khan JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 02 Gulshan-e-Saeed Vice Chairman Faizan JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 03 Khawaja Ajmeer Nagri Chairman Muhammad Ali Arshad JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 03 Khawaja Ajmeer Nagri Vice Chairman Shoaib Bin Zaheer JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 05 Kala School Chairman Ata Ur Rehman Ansari JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 05 Kala School Vice Chairman Muhammad Tauqeer Khan JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 06 Khamiso Goth Chairman Rahmat Ali PPP
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 06 Khamiso Goth Vice Chairman Afzal Brohi PPP
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 07 Madina Colony Chairman Abdul Gaffar Chishti JI
Karachi Central New Karachi UC 07 Madina Colony Vice Chairman Muhammad Adnan Razi JI
Karachi Korangi Korangi UC 08 Korangi Chairman Ahmed Raza PPP
Karachi Korangi Korangi UC 08 Korangi Vice Chairman Umer Farooq PPP
Karachi Korangi Model Colony UC 04 Liaquat Market Chairman Kareem Bux JI
Karachi Korangi Model Colony UC 04 Liaquat Market Vice Chairman Baleegh Uddin JI
Karachi Korangi Model Colony UC 06 Model Colony Chairman Abdul Haseeb JI
Karachi Korangi Model Colony UC 06 Model Colony Vice Chairman Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan JI
Karachi Korangi LANDHI UC 10 LANDHI Chairman Syed Iqbal Hussain PPP
Karachi Korangi LANDHI UC 10 LANDHI Vice Chairman Niaz Uddin PPP
Karachi West Manghopir UC 01 Manghopir Chairman Muhammad Saleem PPP
Karachi West Manghopir UC 01 Manghopir Vice Chairman Nawaz Ali Barohi PPP
Karachi West Mominabad UC 02 Mominabad Chairman Mumtaz Ahmed PPP
Karachi West Mominabad UC 02 Mominabad Vice Chairman Abdullah PPP
Karachi West Mominabad UC 03 Mominabad Chairman Malik Ajaz Awan PPP
Karachi West Mominabad UC 03 Mominabad Vice Chairman Asif Rehman PPP
Karachi West Orangi town UC 03 Orangi town Chairman Abdul Hannan Khan JI
Karachi West Orangi town UC 03 Orangi town Vice Chairman Kamal Ahmed JI
Karachi West Orangi town UC 07 Orangi town Chairman Muhammad Muddasir Hussain Ansari JI
Karachi West Orangi town UC 07 Orangi town Vice Chairman Syed Javed Hussain JI
Karachi Malir Gadap UC 01 Gadap Chairman Mubarak Gabol PPP
Karachi Malir Gadap UC 01 Gadap Vice Chairman Jam Mohammad Jhokio PPP
Karachi Malir Gadap UC 04 Gulshan-e-Hadeed Chairman Gulam Raza Jatoi PPP
Karachi Malir Gadap UC 04 Gulshan-e-Hadeed Vice Chairman Amanuddin PPP
Karachi Malir Gadap UC 07 Murad Memon Chairman Mohammad Saleem Menon PPP
Karachi Malir Gadap UC 07 Murad Memon Vice Chairman Salman Abdullah PPP
Karachi Malir Ibrahim Hyderi UC 07 Sherpao Colony Chairman Masood Akhtar JI
Karachi Malir Ibrahim Hyderi UC 07 Sherpao Colony Vice Chairman Meraj Mohammad Khan JI
Karachi Malir Ibrahim Hyderi UC 10 Rehri Chairman Ibrahim Mosani PPP
Karachi Malir Ibrahim Hyderi UC 10 Rehri Vice Chairman Mohammad Rafiq Dawood PPP
Karachi Malir Malir UC 01 Ghareebabad Chairman Qasim TLP
Karachi Malir Malir UC 01 Ghareebabad Vice Chairman Mohammad Asif TLP
Karachi Malir Malir UC 02 Ghazi Dawood Barohi Chairman Mohammad Nawaz PPP
Karachi Malir Malir UC 02 Ghazi Dawood Barohi Vice Chairman Jan Mohammad Baloch PPP
Karachi Malir Malir UC 04 Khuldaabad Chairman Irshad Ali PPP
Karachi Malir Malir UC 04 Khuldaabad Vice Chairman Syed Muzamil Shah PPP
Karachi Malir Malir UC 07 Future Colony Chairman Bilal Khan Niazi PTI
Karachi Malir Malir UC 07 Future Colony Vice Chairman Naimatullah PTI
Karachi East Chinesar UC 06 Akhtar Colony Chairman Ghyas Ahmed Abbasi JI
Karachi East Chinesar UC 06 Akhtar Colony Vice Chairman Naeema Parveen JI
Karachi East Chinesar UC 08 Chenasar Goth Chairman Aurangzaib Taj PPP
Karachi East Chinesar UC 08 Chenasar Goth Vice Chairman Farhan Ghani PPP
Karachi East Gulshan e Iqbal UC 07 Shanti Nagar Chairman Sikandar Hassan PPP
Karachi East Gulshan e Iqbal UC 08 National Stadium Chairman Syed Khizar Baqi JI
Karachi East Jinnah UC 01 Pakistan Quarters Vice Chairman Mohammad Akbar JI
Karachi East Safora UC 05 Pehlwan Goth Chairman Mohammad Noman Khan’ JI
Karachi East Safora UC 05 Johar Complex Vice Chairman Mohammad Soomar JI
Karachi East Sohrab Goth UC 08 New Sabzi Mandi Chairman Syed Mohammad Bilal PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 01 Agra Taj Colony Chairman Abdul Ghani PTI
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 01 Agra Taj Colony Vice Chairman Muahammad Saeed Khan PTI
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 03 Gulistan Colony Chairman Enayyat Ullah Khan Marwat PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 03 Gulistan Colony Vice Chairman Shakil Ahmed PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 04 Singo Lane Chairman Muhammad Siddiq PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 04 Singo Lane Vice Chairman M.Fayyaz PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 05 Nawa Lane Chairman Shahid Hussain Baloch PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 05 Nawa Lane Vice Chairman Muhammad Irfan PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 06 Kalakot Chairman Abdul Rasheed PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 06 Kalakot Vice Chairman Abdul Nasir Baloch PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 07 Ghulam Muhammad Lane Chairman Muhammad Tahir PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 07 Ghulam Muhammad Lane Vice Chairman Zohaib Ahmed PPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 08 Shah Baig Lane Chairman Abdul Majeed PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 08 Shah Baig Lane Vice Chairman Jamil Ahmed Hoath PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 09 Daryabad Vice Chairman Muhammad Iqbal Hangeero PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 10 Khada Memon Society Chairman Muhammad Hanif PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 10 Khada Memon Society Vice Chairman Arif Muhammad Haroon PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 11 Nayaabad Vice Chairman Muhammad Iqbal PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 12 Baghdadi Chairman Muhmmad Mohib Raees PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 12 Baghdadi Vice Chairman Abdul Qadir PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 13 Jinnahabad Chairman Faheem Ali PPPP
Karachi South Lyari Town UC 13 Jinnahabad Vice Chairman Sajid Ali Shah PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 01 Bhimpura Chairman Imran Parwani PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 01 Bhimpura Vice Chairman Murtaza PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 02 Hassan Lashari Village Chairman Aslam Khan Niazi PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 02 Hassan Lashari Village Vice Chairman Muhammad Faisal Aslam PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 03 Garden Chairman Ghulfam Haider Hashmi PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 03 Garden Vice Chairman Muhammad Salman PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 04 Millat Nagar Chairman Tahir Parvaiz PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 04 Millat Nagar Vice Chairman Abdul Rehman PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 04 Millat Nagar Vice Chairman Saddam Hussain IND
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 05 Ranchorlane Chairman Rakshanda IND
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 05 Ranchorlane Chairman Imran Hussain GDA
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 05 Ranchorlane Chairman Muhammad Farhat PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 05 Ranchorlane Vice Chairman Muhammad Muneer Gaddi PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 06 Nankwara Chairman Waseem Abdul Waheed PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 06 Nankwara Vice Chairman Muhammad Noman Sheikh PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 07 Old Town Kharadar Chairman Muhammad Yasir TLP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 07 Old Town Kharadar Vice Chairman Syed Abdul Qadir TLP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 08 City Railway Colony Chairman Muhammad Salman Khan PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 08 City Railway Colony Vice Chairman Shakirullah Khan PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 09 Saddar Chairman Muhammad Ali Raza PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 09 Saddar Vice Chairman Muhammad Rehman PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 10 Hijrat Colony Chairman Muhammad Rafique PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 10 Hijrat Colony Vice Chairman Sher Muhammad PTI
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 11 Frere Town Chairman Syed Najmi Alam PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 11 Frere Town Vice Chairman Muhammad Atif Bilo PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 12 Boat Basin Chairman Sultan Muhammad PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 12 Boat Basin Vice Chairman Syed Najmi Alam PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 13 Clifton Kehkashan Chairman Karam Ullah PPPP
Karachi South Saddar Town UC 13 Clifton Kehkashan Vice Chairman Waseem Gul PPPP
Karachi Kemari Mariro Mirbahar UC 02 Mariro Mirbahar Chairman Shaukat Ali Khan JI
Karachi Kemari Mariro Mirbahar UC 02 Mariro Mirbahar Vice Chairman Masood Akhtar JI
Karachi Kemari Mariro Mirbahar UC 06 Mariro Mirbahar Chairman AKRAM KHAN PTI
Karachi Kemari Mariro Mirbahar UC 06 Mariro Mirbahar Vice Chairman MUHAMMAD NAVEED BUTT PTI
Karachi Kemari Mauripur UC 10 Mauripur Chairman Jahanzeb Khan PPP
Karachi Kemari Mauripur UC 10 Mauripur Vice Chairman Humayoun Muhammad Khan PPP
Karachi Kemari Mauripur UC 11 Mauripur Chairman Salman PPP
Karachi Kemari Mauripur UC 11 Mauripur Vice Chairman Muhammad Hussain PPP

ECP defends delay

The country’s top electoral authority, Election Commission of Pakistan, defended the delay in the announcement of results.

“Local bodies’ polls are the most complicated when it comes to compiling results. The Election Commission is performing its duty amicably,” Provincial Election Commissioner Sindh Ejaz Anwar Chohan said while talking to reporters at the ECP’s provincial headquarters on Monday.

He ruled out any “deliberate move” to delay the vote-counting process.

“Around 57 returning officers are performing duties round the clock without a break,” he said. Chohan was of the view that counting votes and compiling results were two different things.

“All these tasks are being performed manually. The local bodies’ elections are always different from general polls. One should not compare them,” he added.

The ECP uses RMS or a Results Management System for national and provincial elections, but the electoral body is not going to use RMS to announce the LG election results, spokesperson Quratulain told Aaj News reporter Afzal Javed in Islamabad.

The results will be announced by the presiding officers, she said.

Voter sentiment

Aaj News reporters and anchors (who were pulled out of the studios and sent into the field) tried to gain a loose sense of sentiment on the ground by speaking to as many voters as they could. This is not exactly like an exit poll widely conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom, but it did offer us some clues.

 The vote count began shortly after 5pm. PHOTO AAJ NEWS
The vote count began shortly after 5pm. PHOTO AAJ NEWS

Conversation with voters in Malir district suggested that the PPP was leading the polls with the JI trailing closely behind, reported Anusha Jafri. This came as no surprise as Malir has traditionally been pro-PPP.

In other areas, voter turnout was initially comparatively thin and apparently MQMP’s call for a boycott worked. More women voters turned up at polling stations than men.

While the PPP, PTI and JI actively campaigned, social media posts indicated that people were also interested in the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as a political party.

Aaj News extensively covered the polls throughout the day with a big team of anchors and reporters in the field.

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Moeen Jan 17, 2023 05:56pm
Can you update the TMCs party position graph? There seems to be missing data and PPP has two separate pointers.
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