According to unofficial results of the first phase of local government elections, PML-N is leading in Punjab and PPP in Sindh.

PML-N has won one thousand and five seats, Independents eight hundred and sixty-eight, PTI two hundred and thirty-one, PPP forty-one, PML-Q thirty-three, and Jamaat Islami and Pakistan Awami Tehreek got two seats each in Punjab.

PPP has bagged five hundred and sixty-nine seats, Independents one hundred and twenty-nine, PML-F sixty-one, MQM and PTI four each, and PML-N got three seats in Sindh.

Meanwhile, Free and Fair Election Network says an impressive number of people turned out to vote in the first phase of the Local Government Election in Punjab.

In a statement, the Organization said the elections were relatively peaceful with some procedural irregularities.

The statement said conduct of election itself is a step forward deepening democracy in the country.  

FAFEN observed that there has been little action by the Election Commission to enforce its Code of Conduct which was promulgated well ahead of elections.

Meanwhile, Punjab Government has decided to impose a ban on taking out victory processions, in the second phase of local government elections.

The decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore. 

The Chief Minister appreciated arrangements made to ensure the peaceful atmosphere in the first phase of local government elections.

He however expressed his heartfelt sorrow over the incidents occurred in Faisalabad, Nankana Sahib and Phool Nagar. He said local Police should have made precautionary measures to avoid such incidents.

The Chief Minister said FIRs should be filed regarding these incidents, for indiscriminate action.

The Chief Minister said that any accused, whether belong to any party, should be brought to book.

He directed to strictly implement the ban on the display of arms and carrying them.


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