PPP got more votes than the ruling party, he says
Pakistan People Party (PPP) leader and Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani had a field day on Monday after his party emerged as the winner in Karachi’s cantonment boards election. He not only jeered at the rival PTI but also jibed at MQM, a former PPP ally.
Although PTI secured an overall victory across Pakistan, its defeat in Karachi, especially at their home ground of Clifton and Defence, was noticeable. Ghani held a press conference brimming with schadenfreude.
He pointed out that PPP had emerged as the winner in Karachi and it bagged 9,331 votes trailed by Jamaat-i-Islami (JI). According to the electoral count, PTI had secured the third position in CBC, he said.
PPP, he said, won seats in four of 10 wards in the CBC, while JI, PTI and independent candidates had all secured two seats each.
Ghani said that PPP had fielded 39 candidates and it secured 22,135 votes, but PTI had fielded 42 candidates who were cumulatively able to get 19,483 votes. He said that while they fielded far more candidates than PPP, they were unable to get as many votes as the PPP.
He said that JI bagged 16,422 votes while MQM (Pakistan) secured 10,790 votes.
Congratulating all PPP candidates securing cantonment board seats, he said that the people were responsible for this win, adding that the people had once again reposed confidence in the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
Local bodies elections were held in cantonment boards on Sunday.