MIRPUR: The people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) are going to elect their representatives today (Thursday) in general elections, 2016. Aspirants from three major parties are contesting these elections; Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
As many as 26,74,586 registered voters including 12,28,930 male and 10,06,772 female from 29 constituencies in 10 AJK districts and a total of 4,38884 registered voters including 2,54,817 male and 1,84,067 female in 12 constituencies meant for AJK, are exercising their right of vote to choose their candidate who will present them in parliament.
AJK Election Commission sources told that polling started at 8am and it will continue till 5pm. The sources also told that the computerized registered voter will have to produce his or her original computerized national identity card at the polling station at the time of casting vote.
As many as 423 candidates belonging to different parties as well as independent candidates are contesting to win the polls, the sources added.
Interestingly, the polls are being held under the supervision of Pak Army and Rangers with the coordination of the local civil law enforcement agencies including AJK police as well as Punjab, KPK police and Frontier Constabulary to ensure the peaceful process of the polls in absolutely, free, fair, peaceful and transparent manner.
According to the sources, the constitutional term of Azad Kashmir assembly is going to expire on 24th July 2016. Under Interim Act 1974, the interim constitution of AJK, it is mandatory to hold elections 60 days before the last date.