ISLAMABAD – Elections for the third legislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan are scheduled to be held on November 15 (Sunday) in 24 constituencies.
Political temperature has reached a boiling point in cold weather of the region as rival parties are running election campaigns with firing salvos against each other and new promises to the voters.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which rules the Centre, Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam, and other parties are set to lock horns in the election.
For the upcoming polls, the PPP has fielded 23 candidates while 21 candidates are representing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
The PTI has announced seat adjustment with Majlis-e-Wahdat Ul Muslimeen (MWM) on two constituencies. Following is the list of candidates of the PTI;
330 candidates, including independent, are contesting the GB Election 2020, which were earlier scheduled to be held in August but postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.
Gallup Pakistan and Pulse Consultant also conducted surveys in the region, showing ruling PTI in the strongest position and followed by the PPP.
According to the survey, the PML-N, which had been ruled the GB during the last five years, has lost popularity as it has been placed at the third position in the survey.
For the GB election, the caretaker government has decided to not call the Pakistan Army to preside over the polls.
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), formally known as the Federally Administered Northern Areas (FANA), is an autonomous region northern Pakistan with separate government and electoral systems.
Only four female candidates will be contesting the polls, showing the under-representation of women in the region.
Out of a total of 745,361 registered voters in the region, 339,998 are women, constituting 46% of the total electors.
For GB election 2020, 65,365 more male voters have registered themselves, resulting 9% increase in the gender gap.
Polling will begin at 8 am and continued till 4pm.
Following are results of 2015 Gilgit-Baltistan Elections;
Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.
On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043
A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|