PTI, Independents lead in FATA polls

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and Independent candidates won five seats each in the first-ever elections in former semi-autonomous tribal region, bordering Afghanistan, that was once a stronghold of militant groups like the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda. Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where the first-ever provincial elections were held on Saturday, comprises seven districts and was merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in May 2018 after a constitutional amendment. According to the unofficial results of 13 constituencies out of 16, Mr. Khan’s PTI and Independents got five seats each, while the Jamat-e-Islami, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and the Awami National Party won one seat each. Results of three constituencies were not available so far.  After putting in place the necessary legal and logistic wherewithal, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) went ahead to hold the election on the 16 general seats. Another four seats are reserved for women and one for non-Muslims and these seats will be awarded to the political parties on the basis of their share in the 16 contested seats.

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