AJK Assembly Elections 2016: Polling underway amid strict security arrangements

Sarfraz Ali 08:20 AM | 21 Jul, 2016
AJK Assembly Elections 2016: Polling underway amid strict security arrangements
MIRPUR - General elections in Azad Jammu & Kashmir are underway and being carried out in a free, fair, peaceful and transparent manner, in anticipation of the completion of the AJK Assembly's constitutional term.

According to the AJK Election Commission, polling began at 8:00 am and will continue till 5.00 pm without any formal pause.

The elections are being held under the supervision of Pakistan Army and Rangers with the help of local civilian law enforcement agencies, including the AJK police, the Punjab and KPK police and the Frontier Constabulary

A total of 423 candidates including those belonging to various political parties as well as independent candidates are in the running for 41 seats, which are to be filled through polling based on direct adult franchise.

Those exercising their right to vote include a total of 26,74,586 registered voters, including 12,28,930 male and 10,06,772 female, in all 29 constituencies of ten Azad Jammu and Kashmir districts and 4,38884 registered voters, including 2,54,817 male and 1,84,067 female, in all 12 constituencies meant for Pakistan-based Jammu & Kashmir refugees.

Registered voter shall have to produce their original computerized national identity card at the polling station at the time of voting.

Legislative assembly members will be elected on 41 out of 49 seats through direct voting, including 29 meant for all 10 districts of AJK and 12 including six each meant for Pakistan-based refugees from Kashmir valley and Jammu & others.

The Assembly also includes eight reserved seats including five meant for women and one each for technocrats, ulema / Mashaikh and overseas Kashmiris. These will be filled later on through voting by the electoral college of the 41 directly elected members of the house.

According to the final list released by the AJK Election Commission, a total of 26,74,586 eligible registered voters would move to the total number of 5,429 polling stations comprising 8,008 booths in all 41 constituencies including 29 in AJK and 12 of Pakistan-based Jammu & Kashmir to exercise their right of vote.

The number of polling station in 29 AJK electoral constituencies is 4,462 comprising a total of 6,270 polling booths. Polling staff has yet move to their respective destinations and places of duty, the AJK Election Commission said.

Over 30 thousand Pakistan Army troops have reached all 41 electoral constituencies in AJK to assist the civil administration in maintaining a completely peaceful environment during the polls.

The AJK Election Commission has set up a control room to receive the elections results from all the concerned District Returning Officers soon after the polling.


Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 26, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.4 255.15
Euro EUR 274 276.6
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs190,900 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs163,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100


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