PESHAWAR - Leading the results of local bodies’ polls after re-polling, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has so far secured 17 seats of district councillor while its rival ANP stood on second position with 10 seats and JUI-F on third position in the ongoing power struggle.

On Thursday, the polling was started at 8am and continued till 6:00 pm in 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan, Swabi, Hangu, Karak, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, DI Khan, Hango, Abbottabad, Manshera, and Buner districts without any break.

With 40 percent turnout the local government election re-polling was held on more than 360 polling stations while in provincial capital the re-polling was held in 29 polling stations including 17 female polling stations.

As per unofficial results, PTI won one district councillor seat in DI Khan, two in Bannu, two in Mardan, two in Mansehra, three in Nowshehra, one each in Abbotabad, Batgram and Charsadda and two in Swat till filing of this report. However, the counting process was still in progress in various areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Likewise, ANP secured two seats in Sawabi, two seats in Charsadda, one seat in Mardan and two seats in Buner.

The district administration received numbers of complaints regarding less number of ballot papers in Bahana Mani polling station. However, the Commissioner Peshawar Munir Azam visited Ghala Ghudam polling stations. He found that less ballot papers were received by the presiding officer.

The Commissioner called explanation from the polling staff and ordered Deputy Commissioner and concerned officials to ensure provision of sufficient election material in Ghala Gudham male polling station.

However, a polling staff official condition of anonymity said that 2300 voters were registered in male polling stations while the administration had handed over 2000 ballot papers to them.

Loadshedding was observed in most of the polling stations. Polling staff said that because of the intense heat the voters came in less number as compared to May 30 LG elections.

District administration spokesman, Feroz Shah, said that complaints have been received from Gharibabd and Surizai areas. He said that Jamaat Islami local leaders had complained that Awami National Party allegedly involved in rigging. In this regard the DC instructed the security forces to reach the spot and control the situation.

In KP, the total registered voters are 465600 including 211317 males and 254283 females for whom the ECP had set up 360 polling stations including 89 for males, 170 for females, 101 combined besides 1290 polling booths.