Sindh LG polls: PPP emerges biggest winner in Karachi with 93 wins; JI a close second with 86.

The PPP emerged the biggest winner with 93 seats and the Jamaat-i-Islami a close second with 86 seats as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday released the final consolidated results of all 235 union committees (UCs) in Sindh's Karachi division after close to a 30-hour wait.

Polling in the provincial capital was held on Sunday for the posts of chairman and vice chairman.

According to the complete results, the PTI was a distant third with 40 seats, followed by the PML-N with seven seats.

Independent candidates and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam won three seats each, the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan took two seats whereas Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan secured a single seat for itself, despite an earlier boycott of the local body polls announced by the party.

The electoral body had earlier said that the remaining results would be released by Monday evening, adding that it was 'a complicated process and it takes time to prepare the result of one union council'.

The JI announced a nationwide series of protests and rallies in different cities against what it alleged was tampering with Karachi's results.

JI Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem claimed that his party secured the biggest number of seats. He alleged that eight seats were 'given to the PPP', saying that the JI had the signed Form 11s of those UCs to prove it.

He claimed that the party's total seats were actually 94 and it had appealed for a recount in 10 seats.

On Jan 15, the second phase of the local government elections in Sindh was held in 16 districts of Sindh - East, West, South, Central, Korangi, Keamari, and Malir of the Karachi division; and Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Matiari, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Badin, Sujawal, and Thatta of the Hyderabad division.

However, the polls came under a question mark on Sunday night when contesting parties - primarily the PTI and the JI - alleged that the results of the polls were deliberately being delayed in Karachi.

The PTI openly accused the PPP, provincial administration and the electoral body of wrongdoing, warning that any attempt to 'change the results' after voting would lead to a strong reaction.

JI had come up with the same reservations and allegations. Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, the party's Karachi chief, held at a hurriedly called press conference in Karachi on Sunday night and warned of sieging the polling stations where he said results were deliberately being delayed 'to manage things'.

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