AJK Assembly Elections 2016: Polling underway amid strict security arrangements

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.


The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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