Islamabad - The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) held its elections yesterday wherein doctors across the country except Punjab voted to elect 35-member council.

The elections were held in Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) wherein the voter turnout was stated to be good. The polling was held in 31 polling stations nationwide except Punjab province due to stay order of Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi. The elections in 14 polling stations of Punjab were postponed due to local government elections in various districts of the province.

Former Principal Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC), Dr Mussaddaq Khan, who was contesting for Islamabad seat has won the election with 378 votes, according to unofficial results. Official results of the successful candidates will be consolidated and announced in the coming week. Media reports suggested that he possessed three domiciles and can be disqualified but PMDC officials said his nomination papers were accepted after scrutiny and there are rare chances of his disqualification.

The elections were held for the first time under the chairmanship of nominee of the chief justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan, and an election committee. Previous council of the regulatory body that oversees medical education in Pakistan was dissolved by the President of Pakistan in August last due to various controversies. Subsequently, a new management committee was named to hold elections for a new council within three months.

Among the 35 members of the council of PMDC, 20 members are elected through elections and 15 are nominated by various government institutions, including Parliament House, Supreme Court and hospitals. The elected council will subsequently elect executive committee comprising 7 to 10 member that will choose president and vice-president of PMDC to run the regulatory body.

According to PMDC, no bad incident or happening was reported at any polling station however a little disturbance occurred at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, which was also settled in time. All the participants from all the polling stations have shown their confidence in the process of elections and polling procedures.

Returning Officer of PM&DC Brig (Retd) Dr Hafizuddin Ahmed Siddiqui (registrar PM&DC) along with Brig (Retd) Imdad Ali Waggan, Secretary Election Committee, visited the polling stations to check the procedure of polling.