SANGHAR: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won 82 seats and the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) 52 seats in the local council elections in the Sanghar District on Saturday, according to unofficial results.In the Badin District, the Zulfiqar Mirza group was leading the race with 33 seats and the PPP was right behind it with 32 seats, according to unofficial results available to Daily Times at 12:50am today (Sunday).The polling for the election of local government representatives in the Sanghar District concluded peacefully amid strict security arrangements. The turnout is expected to remain between 50 to 60 percent. The district has 724,340 registered voters. The polling started at 7:30 in the morning and continued till 5:30 in the evening without any break at 692 polling stations in the district. Of the 692 polling stations, 330 were declared highly sensitive and 227 sensitive.Voting could not begin at some polling stations on time due to late arrival of the election staff. Minor incidents of violence were reported at some polling stations. Two persons were injured in a clash between two groups at a polling station in the Manak Thaheem Union Council near Tando Adam.
Sanghar Police Superintendent Farrukh Lanjar and Rangers personnel reached the scene and controlled the situation.In Sanghar, people cast their votes to elect their representatives for the district council, three municipal committees, 10 town committees and 68 union councils. For the district’s 430 local seats, 1,650 candidates were in the field.A large number of independent candidates also contested the election, but real contest was between the candidates of the PPP and the PML-F.The government had deployed 7,000 policemen and 1,000 Rangers personnel for security in the district. Two platoons of the Pakistan Army were also deployed in the district to deal with any emergency situation.
Sanghar Deputy Commissioner Umer Farooq said that local government polls were conducted in a peaceful environment. He said that 22 police superintendents and 25 deputy superintendents remained on duty in the district during the election. He said that a special election cell had also been set up at the SSP Office to monitor the law and order situation in the district.In a related development, the PPP won the Badin town committee seat. The Mirza group was leading the race for another town committee seat. According to unofficial and unconfirmed results, the PPP won four of the six wards of the Kario Ganhwar Town Committee, while the Mirza group and the PML-F won one ward each.
In the Talhar Town Committee, candidates of the Mirza group won five seats of general councillor. Independent candidates backed by the Mir Shahid group won four seats and PPP candidates won two seats.In the Tando Bago Town Committee, PPP candidate Noor Muhammad Katyar won the election.In Hyderabad, the PML-F boycotted the election at the Poro Khan Umrani polling station. The reason for the boycott was change in the venue of the polling station.