سابق وزیراعظم بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کی بھرپور حمای

انتخابی مہم کے آخری روز سابق وزیراعظم و صدر پاکستان تحریک انصاف بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کی جانب سے زبردست بیٹنگ جاری رہی۔
پرانی ہٹیاں پارک میں بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کے انتخابی مہم کے آخری جلسے میں عوام کی پر جوش شرکت
جلسہ گاہ آمد پر پی ٹی آئی کشمیر تحصیل میرپور کے صدر چوہدری تیمور خالد کی قیادت میں پی ٹی آئی کشمیر کے صدر بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کا والہانہ استقبال کیا گیا
جلسہ عام سے سابق وزیراعظم بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری سابق چئیرمن بلدیہ چوہدری خالد عظیم دت ایڈووکیٹ نعمت شہزاد چوہدری یونس چوہدری تیمور خالد حاجی ٹھکیدار رمضان اور دیگر نے خطاب کیا
سابق وزیراعظم بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کا نیوسٹی جلسہ آمد پر بھرپور استقبال کیا گیا۔
کارکنان کی بڑی تعداد پنڈال میں بیرسٹر سلطان کو سننے کے لئے پنڈال بےتاب تھی۔
نیوسٹی کی فضائیں آئی آئی پی ٹی آئی اور بیرسٹر سلطان زندہ باد کے نعروں سے گونج اٹھی۔
بعد ازاں پی ٹی آئی آزادکشمیر راٹھوعہ محمد علی کے زیر اہتمام پی ٹی آئی کشمیر کے صدر و سابق وزیراعظم بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کا بڑا انتخابی جلسہ گلزار پہلوان کی رہائش گاہ پر منعقد ہوا راٹھوعہ محمد علی آمد پر بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کا والہانہ استقبال کیا گیا جلسہ عام میں یونین کونسل راٹھوعہ محمد علی کی عوام نے بڑی تعداد میں شرکت کی جلسہ عام سے پی ٹی آئی کشمیر کے صدر و سابق وزیراعظم بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری راجہ مصدق خان ماسٹر کرامت حسین راجہ ارشد ماواں اشتیاق چوہدری اقبال حیدر گلزار پہلوان اور دیگر نے خطاب کیا
بعدازاں سابق وزیراعظم و صدر پی ٹی آئی آزاد جموں و کشمیر بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کے اعزاز میں بنگ کھڑی شریف میں استقبالیہ جلسہ منعقد ہوا۔
اس موقع پر سابق وزیراعظم و صدر پی ٹی آئی آزاد کشمیر بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری نے کہا کہ پی ٹی آئی آزاد کشمیر میں حکومت قائم کر کے آزاد کشمیر میں میگا پروجیکٹس لائے گی۔
مجلس وحدت المسلمین پاکستان کے نامزد امیدوار اسمبلی ایل اے تھری میرپور سید تصور شاہ کاظمی نے سابق وزیراعظم بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کے حق میں الیکشن سے دستبردار ہو کر بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کی حمایت کا اعلان کر دیا۔
بعدازاں سنگھوٹ میں بلے کا تگڑا وار
اشتیاق عرف شیرا مسلم لیگ ن چھوڑ کر کنبہ قبیلہ سمیت پی ٹی آئی کشمیر میں شامل ہو گئے سابق وزیراعظم بیرسٹر سلطان محمود چوہدری کی بھرپور حمایت کا اعلان کر دیا....

Close race among three political parties in AJK polls

Three political parties, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of former premier Nawaz Sharif, and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) look racing neck-and-neck as the poll campaign takes feverish pitch across the length and breadth of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Over 3.2 million voters are going to elect the 53-member legislative assembly for a five-year term in the elections scheduled on Sunday. Out of 53, there will be direct elections on 45 seats, while eight are reserved for women, technocrats, and religious scholars.

But analysts and people on the streets believe that Pakistan’s ruling PTI is emerging as a favourite. The history of elections in the region, since 1975, points out that parties ruling Islamabad or its allies have won the elections in the region.

"It has been a tradition in Kashmir that the voters vote for the party which rules Islamabad. And I see slim chances of any change this time too," said Syed Abrar Shah, a Muzaffarabad-based political commentator.

List of final candidates issued

The final list of candidates for the upcoming general elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir has been issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan. The elections are set to be held on July 25, Sunday.

A total of 724 people will stand for 45 general seats this year. Five hundred and seventy-nine candidates are competing for 33 constituencies within Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The remaining are competing for 12 refugee constituencies comprising four provinces of Pakistan.

In Mirpur, 95 candidates submitted their nomination papers of which 88 were accepted. After eight people withdrew their nomination, a total of 80 candidates are contesting for the elections

This year, 32 political parties across the country are competing for the AJK elections.

Over 2.8 million voters have been registered in Azad Kashmir and 0.4 million in Jammu.

A ban has been imposed on the approval of developmental projects, inaugurations, and foundation stone laying ceremonies, and inspection of development projects in the region.

The election commission has also imposed a ban on transfers, promotions, and new appointments in all government institutions.

Symbols allotted to parties contesting AJK elections

The Election Commission of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has allotted symbols to as many as 32 political and religious parties for the July 25 general elections.

A notification to this effect was issued by commission’s secretary Sardar Mohammad Ghazanfar here on Friday.

Prominent among the registered parties were the regional chapters of PML-N, PPP and PTI, which had been symbols of tiger, arrow and bat respectively.

Among the well known AJK based parties, All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (MC), Jammu Kashmir Peoples Party (JKPP) and Jamaat-i-Islami Azad Jammu and Kashmir (JIAJK) had been allotted their desired symbols of horse, sword and scale respectively.
Mr Ghazanfar declared that the candidates claiming to be the nominees of any of these parties would be allotted symbols only after they produced the copy of the party ticket in their favour.

Independent candidates would be allotted other symbols but not the ones having resemblance with those allotted to the parties, particularly the symbol of ‘lion’ and ‘pen’, he added.

Interestingly, the election commission has also allotted symbol to the AJK chapter of Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) despite the fact that the AJK Home Department had placed it on the list of proscribed organisations under First Schedule of AJK Anti Terrorism Act, 2014.

I-voting for overseas Pakistanis: Hope for PTI, despair for opposition

The introduction of an i-voting solution for overseas Pakistanis is giving great confidence to the ruling PTI because it could boost its prospects for a possible next term in government but is causing alarm among the opposition parties, particularly the PMLN.

The Pakistan People’s Party has also expressed its reservations about the new electoral scheme that the Imran Khan government is pushing for. But the PMLN is most worried because the party believes that it stands a chance to win the next polls if held fairly and freely.

Recent surveys and general assessments show that PTI is losing its popularity against the PMLN because of governance issues and performance problems, particularly in Punjab, which has always been the key factor in deciding who will rule the country.

However, this possible disadvantage to the ruling party in the next elections has been smartly neutralized by pushing for the introduction of i-voting amid the hope that the vast majority of the overseas Pakistanis continue to support Imran Khan and the PTI.

However, the opposition parties, particularly the PMLN and the PPP, have their reservations to the electoral reforms scheme introduced by the government. They suspect that the government is pushing for electronic and i-voting to rig the elections. The opposition parties do not oppose voting rights for overseas Pakistanis but are pressing for a mechanism other than the one introduced by the government.

PMLN leader Ahsan Iqbal recently said that the government had passed two laws in the National Assembly that paved the way for it to "rig" the next elections.

AJK Election Commission issues code of conduct for general elections

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Election Commission Friday issued a code of conduct in the wake of general elections scheduled to be held on 25th of July – next month.

According to the code of conduct, all political parties and candidates shall strictly adhere to the code of conduct.
The code of conduct issued under sub-section (1) and (2), shall be binding on all concerned.

The returning officer and district magistrate shall be responsible for implementation of the code of conduct issued under this section.

Whoever contravenes the provision of the code of conduct issued under this section shall be liable to punishment with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend or Rs100,000 or with both.

Three major political parties to try their luck

The three main political parties that aggressively vie for electoral supremacy in Pakistan, will run against each other in the general elections for the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly (AJKLA) to be held on July 25.

The ferocity of the upcoming election campaign will be no different from the intensity of the similar contest in the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) polls in which the then two main constituents of the multi-party opposition alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), did not hesitate to take each other on. It was during this interlude that Bilawal’s “shock” over Nawaz Sharif’s remarks made at the PDM’s public rally in Gujranwala three weeks earlier sowed the seeds of discord between the two parties.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are the main contenders in the electoral contest in which a total of 3,220,546 voters will exercise their right of franchise. The parties have allotted their tickets to their candidates and have fielded the maximum number of aspirants.

The process of allocation of tickets in the PML-N and PPP has been smooth and has not generated any controversy. However, the process has been marred by rows as far as the PTI is concerned. It is yet to be seen who will be in charge of the PTI’s electoral contest with its aim to come first in the AJK elections. In GB, Federal Minister Ali Amin Gandapur had played the primary role and had belligerently dealt with his rivals.

The PML-N, which has been ruling AJK for the last five years, has by and large put up the same victorious candidates it had backed in the last general elections. It has faced some desertions, which, however, are far fewer than what it had encountered in GB where several of its winning nominees switched sides and decided to back the PTI. This factor helped the PTI win the elections and form the government. The PML-N’s performance, which was below par compared to the past, was somewhat better than that of the PPP, although Bilawal Bhutto had outdone every political party by staying in GB for nearly a month for the campaign. Maryam Nawaz had also visited the region for electioneering but only in the concluding week.

Elections in AJK will be on July 25

Elections for legislative assembly of Azad Kashmir will be held on Sunday July 25, 2021.

As per details, AJK Election Commission has announced schedule of the elections and asked the candidates to submit their nomination papers till June 21 4pm. Final list of the candidates will be released on July 3, 2021.

Rangers and police along will civil administration will be deployed during the polls. Over 2.8 million people will cast their votes.

It merit mention National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on had proposed to the Election Commission that the Azad Kashmir elections be postponed in view of the threat of global coronavirus outbreak.

In a letter sent to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), NCOC said that the coronavirus epidemic could spread during the general elections in July.

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