They call Malakand Mini Larkana which is why it is no surprise that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is standing from here—but in the past elections the PTI has taken its constituencies.
The PTI’s strength has been getting people together and holding corner meetings regularly.
Otherwise, the JI is considered a main stakeholder with influence extending across Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Kohistan, parts of Shangla, Chitral, Thor Ghar, Kala Dhaka.
Swat which used to be a stronghold of the ANP now seems to be taken over by the PTI.
Generally, it’s not the party that takes the vote in northern KP but the personalities. And these bigwigs keep switching between parties. This is how they help parties win.
Buner was a stronghold of the QWP and ANP, but this time around it looks like PTI candidates will put a huge dent in their votes. It may be able to take home two of the three provincial seats and one NA seat.
According to the Election Commission data, there are over 1.53 million voters in this division with it divided roughly equally between men and women.
In district Swat, the PTI, ANP and PML-N are expected to rough it out on voting day.
For the NA-3 Swat seat, PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif has lined up the MMA’s support against the PTI candidate Saleem Rehman. On the NA-2 Swat seat, the PML-N’s Amir Muqam, the ANP’s Mumtaz Ahmed, and the PTI’s Haiderali Khan will lock horns.