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FATA election updates

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  1. HAIDER

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    @waz or @Dubious if you make it sticky. It is historic moment . Election updates will be posted soon.
     
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    Historic election held in Pakistan's former tribal districts
    Millions were expected to vote in elections for the first time since Pakistani constitution was extended to region.

    by Asad Hashim
    6 hours ago

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    Pakistani tribal region voters line up to cast their ballots [Hameedullah Khan/Al Jazeera]

    Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistanis in the country's northwestern tribal districts have voted in provincial elections for the first time in the country's history, marking a key step in the merger of these areas into Pakistan's administrative and constitutional mainstream.

    Polls took place across the seven districts that composed the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Saturday morning, with 16 seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly up for grabs.

    FATA, where the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) once thrived, was ruled directly by Pakistan's president under British-era colonial laws until last year, when the territories were merged into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by a constitutional amendment.

    The move fulfilled a long-standing demand in the tribal districts, home to some five million people.

    "We are very happy to vote in the tribal areas for the first time in elections for the provincial assembly," said Rahidullah Afridi, a 29-year-old voter at a polling station in Jamrud area of Khyber district.

    "We are getting an opportunity to get the same rights as all other people [in Pakistan]."

    More than 280 candidates, including two women, are standing for election, according to Election Commission data. The majority of the contenders are independents, but all the major national parties are represented in the historic polls.

    Some 2.7 million people were eligible to vote, with large turnouts reported at polling stations as polls progressed through the day.

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    Large turnouts at polling stations were reported throughout the day [Hameedullah Khan/Al Jazeera]

    Composed of seven main districts, the territories flank Pakistan's border with its northwestern neighbour, Afghanistan. In the past, they have been a haven for armed groups such as the TTP and its allies.

    A series of military operations undertaken since 2007 has seen the country retake control of the districts, with most remaining elements of the Pakistani Taliban driven into Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani military.

    Afghanistan and the United States, however, allege that elements of the Afghan Taliban continue to find safe haven in parts of the region.

    'More energy'
    The merger of FATA and the extension of regular Pakistani law and constitutional rights has been a controversial subject since it was passed in May last year, with many residents of the former tribal districts complaining that nothing has changed on the ground.

    "We have not seen any real changes so far," Afridi said. "Right now, it is the same old and corrupt system from before, including the [colonial laws]," he added. "No changes have come, only the names have changed."

    Afridi said he had voted for Prime Minister Imran Khan's ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party in previous elections, but that this time he was voting for an independent candidate.

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    Unofficial election results are due to come in after polls close at 5:00pm local time amid tight security [Hameedullah Khan/Al Jazeera] [Al Jazeera]

    The same sentiment was also echoed by others in Jamrud, with some voters saying they were backing independent candidates against the mainstream political parties.

    "Today we are seeing even more energy [at the polls] than we saw in the general election," said Shahji Gul Afridi, 50, a former member of parliament whose 25-year-old son Bilal was standing in the election.

    "Men and women are both participating, it is an atmosphere of happiness."

    Women's political participation has historically been low in this socially conservative belt of the country, although there were two female candidates standing in Saturday's polls.

    "I am taking part in the tribal areas elections because women in the tribal areas do not take part in these types of activities, and it is very difficult for women here," Naheed Afridi, a candidate from the Awami National Party (ANP) told Al Jazeera.

    "I am breaking the chains [for women] and there will be more women after me taking part in elections in the tribal areas. This is the first step of change."

    Unofficial election results are due to come in after polls close at 5:00pm local time (12:00 GMT) on Saturday, the Election Commission said. Officials figures are likely to be announced by Sunday.

    Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera's digital correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019...kistani-tribal-districts-190720083351410.html

    Al Jazeera producer Hameedullah Khan contributed additional reporting from Jamrud.
     
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    we are going in right direction:pakistan:
     
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    So far independents leading on many seats interesting to watch wait till the last result comes and which party they join.PTI,JUI-f,JI even ANP trying very hard
     
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    That is kinda strange why so many Independent, in those constituency don't see PTI candidates
     
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    Hope no ptm member win this election
     
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    lots of Azad.
     
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    A friend sent me a video clip, where a AAJ news journo, asked women what issues were they facing, while voting.

    They replied: Lack of Shelter, water, and we forgot to bring our NIC :lol:
     
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    PTI put on all 16 seats,JUI on 15,JI and ANP on 14(not sure)so far results are good parties got as much votes combined more than independent means they are not thinking area wise.JI and JUI-F higest votes shows the area culture of supporting religious beliefs along with PTI heavy count means progressive too so far so good does not matter who wins required 2-3 election to shape up political ground.Waiting for women votes count
    Good thing for getting higher turnout they dismissed CNIC condition i think some time ago they did its destroy the purpose of whole exercise
     
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    KP-Elections; PTI Grabs Five Seats, Independents Get Six

    Zeeshan Aziz (@imziishan) 21 minutes ago Sun 21st July 2019 | 08:30 PM

    ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - APP - 21st Jul, 2019 ) :Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has grabbed five seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's (KP) Provincial Assembly elections in merged districts of erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

    As per unofficial results of all 16 seats issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates Anwar Zeb Khan, Ajmal Khan, Saeed Iqbal Mian, Naseer Ullah Khan and Muhammad Iqbal Khan have won their seats from Constituencies PK-100 Bajaur-I, PK-101 Bajaur-II, PK-109 Kurram-II, PK-114 South Waziristan-II and PK-111 North Waziristan-I, respectively.

    Similarly, Independent candidates who won their elections included Abbas-ur-Rehman, Shafiq Afridi, Bilawal Afridi, Muhammad Shafiq, Ghazi Azan Jamal and Mir Kalam Khan from constituencies PK-104 Mohmand-II, PK-105 Khyber-I, PK-106 Khyber-II, PK-107 Khyber-III, PK-110 Orakzai and PK-112 North Waziristan, respectively.

    Jamiat-e-Ulema islam (JUI-F) has also won three seats from constituencies PK-108 Kurram-I, PK-113 South Waziristan and PK-115 Ex Frontier Regions through its candidates Muhammad Riaz, Hafiz Asam-u-din and Muhammad Shoaib, respectively.

    Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JIP) and Awami National Party (ANP) have also got one seat each.

    The JIP's candidate Siraj Uddin has won his seat from PK-102 Bajaur-III while ANP's candidate Nisar Ahmad has won his seat from PK-103 Mohmand-I.

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/kp-elections-pti-grabs-five-seats-independe-674509.html
     
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    this shows that public not trust any political party and need system to change
     
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    Congratulations