ISLAMABAD: Despite harsh criticism and tall claims of the opposition parties to clean sweep, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz thwarted all designs of the adversaries and foiled the myths of incumbency factors by bagging thumping victory in all three phases of the local government elections in Punjab.
The opposition parties including the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, Pakistan Muslim League-Q, Pakistan Peoples Party and Jamat-e-Islami had been flexing their muscles to turn public opinion against the PML-N by propagating against government policies, an analytical report revealed on Friday.
In clear violation of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s code of conduct, the PTI chief had addressed the public gatherings in different cities to woo the public support for his party, but all in vain.
Some pseudo political pundits had predicted the ouster of the PML-N government on basing their assumption on the defeat in local government polls but they were left embarrassed when the people of Pakistan used their right of vote in favor of the PML-N.
Besides wining the seats in its strongholds, the PML-N also gave upsets to the opposition parties in the constituencies having MNAs and MPAs from the adversary parties.
Even the opposition’s propaganda that the government has slashed the powers of local bodies could not work,PML-N emerged once again as leading party in Punjab by securing maximum seats.
PML-N also got appropriate share from Malir District and South district of the Karachi.
Pakistan Muslim League (N) has also got majority in first ever local government elections in Federal Capital by grabbing 232 seats and out of them 20 Seats of Chairman and 20 Vice Chairman, 99 General Members, 34 Women, 22 Peasant/worker, 21 youth and 16 seats of Non-Muslim.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has also declared the election better than the 2013 general election based on trained workers as well as strict security measures which helped maintain peace and transparency during the polling process.
The polls in Punjab and Sindh were held in three phases-on October 31, November 19 and December 5. The local bodies elections in Islamabad were held on November 30.
The recently held Local Government Elections proved that people still have confidence on PML-N as they expressed in the General Elections of 2013 especially in Punjab.
The unofficial result also showed that PML-N would get success to elect their Mayors, Deputy Mayors in the nine divisions of Punjab.
Lahore’s Metropolitan Corporation’s one Mayor and nine deputy mayors would also be from PML-N. Similarly, PML-N has also good position to elect its Mayors and Deputy Mayors in the Municipal Corporations of Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan.
Moreover, Chairman in majority districts of Punjab would be from PML-N. PML-N got historical victory in all three phases of LG elections in Punjab and defeated PTI, Pakistan Peoples Party and PML-Q etc.
The elections result indicate that the people have strongly rejected the politics of sit-in. At present, political parties are finalizing the names of their candidates for slots of mayors, Deputy mayors of Metropolitan and Municipal Corporations, Chairmen as well Deputy Chairmen of District Councils and Municipal Committees.
Likewise, Pakistan Muslim League (N) in Punjab has asked to submit applications till December 20 for these slots as well as for the reserved seats of Women, Labor, Peasants, Non-Muslims, Youth and technocrats.