Polling concludes in historic KP-FATA elections

PESHAWAR: The polling time for the first-ever elections for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly seats in the erstwhile Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) concluded on Saturday at 5pm.

Polling began in 16 districts at 8am. Security forces were been deployed inside and outside 554 highly sensitive polling stations. According to the provincial election commissioner, results in the tribal districts will be given on WhatsApp due to a network issue in the area.

There were a total of 1,897 polling stations set up for the election. 282 candidates were vying for the 16 general seats, including nominees for the ruling Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf, JUI-F, Awami National Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Peoples Party and independents.

Two women are contesting the provincial election to be held in the tribal areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Naheed Afridi from the Awami National Party (ANP) is hoping for a win in the conservative Khyber district’s constituency of PK 106. There are a total of 148,470 voters in this constituency, of which 65,652 (44 per cent) are female.

The other woman is Malasa Bibi, who has been fielded by the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) for PK 109 in the Kurram district. In her constituency, there are 187,844 voters in all, of which 82,560 are women.

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