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MQM-P tightens its grip on Karachi’s local government system

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 18, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 18, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Arshad Hasan elected deputy mayor

The election for Karachi’s deputy mayor was a sweeping victory for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan.

The polls were held at the old KMC building on Thursday.

MQM-P’s Arshad Hasan defeated his opponent Karamullah Waqasi of the PPP by a large margin, clinching the seat of the city’s deputy mayor.

The post of deputy mayor was left vacant after the disqualification of Dr Arshad Vohra. The MQM had petitioned the ECP to have him disqualified after he left their party to join the Mustafa Kamal-led PSP.

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The results confirmed that the MQM-P still has a commanding position in the KMC. Hasan got 194 votes against PPP’s Waqasi – who managed to get only 78 votes. The opposition, including PPP, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Awami National Party failed to show their impact in the deputy mayor elections while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf side-lined itself from the process.

As many as 281votes were cast out of a total of 300 council members in which 183 are male and 89 female.

Out of the 200 MQM-P council members, 194 voted. Two members of the party, UC-24 Chairperson Muhammad Noman from PIB and UC-14 Chairperson Darpan Habib from Baldia Town, came to vote from Central Jail, Karachi.

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The polling continued from 9am to 5pm amid strict security and without any breaks. Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shalwani, Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Saifur Rehman and Returning Officer South Deputy Commissioner Salahuddin oversaw the electoral process.

Hasan will take an oath as the deputy mayor in next City Council session which is scheduled MC to be called by the end of current month.

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