PLM-N won LG polls in capital
01 December, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) took the lead in the first local government (LG) polls held in the federal capital since 1979, Radio Pakistan reported.
Unofficial election results available on Tuesday reveal the PML-N secured 21 seats, with rival Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf coming in second, winning 16 seats.
Independent candidates emerged as the third largest entity, grabbing a total of 13 seats. Residents of Islamabad went to the polls on Monday amidst tight security to elect local representatives for the first time under the newly-minted Islamabad Local Government Act, 2015.
The last such exercise was held under military rule in 1979 on a non-party basis and was limited to rural areas only.
Islamabad, which now has a population of around two million, had been divided into 50 union councils for the polls.
Around 2,407 candidates took part in the elections, of which 972 were independent candidates, 506 belonged to PML-N, 479 to PTI, 164 to Jamaat-i-Islami and 81 to the PPP, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan.