Gilgit-Baltistan election outcomes possible immediately

Islamabad, November 15

Wearing face masks, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan voted on Sunday in the third legislative assembly election amidst tight security. India has already slammed the poll, saying any action to alter the status of the militarily-occupied region has no legal basis.

No untoward incident was reported during voting. The counting of votes has started and complete results are expected by Monday.

There are 24 seats for the contest but polling on one seat was postponed, leaving 23 seats up for grabs. As many as 330 candidates, including four women, are in the contest, they said.

Alleging rigging in the election process, Secretary General of the Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Nayyar Bukhari demanded disqualification of ruling PTI candidates from the election, the Dawn report said.

However, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also a senior leader of the PTI, rejected the rigging allegations, the report added. — PTI

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