PESHAWAR— Though the overall Sunday’s elections result was a big blow for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf which distant 2nd, but the huge shocker for the party was it worst defeat in Charsadda and Mardan districts where it had managed to win all provincial and national assembly seats except PK-57 Charsadda and NA-21 Mardan in the 2018 general elections.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan’s result, PTI managed to win only 13 out of 63 tehsil chairman seats in a province it has ruled for eight years while lost all four mayors seats of major cities to opposition parties Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Awami National Party.
What was remarkable was not just PTI poor performance, but was a notable washout in certain districts including Charsadda and Mardan where party 12 MPAs, four MNAs, and four ministers failed to secure even a single seat in local bodies elections.
In Mardan that voted the party in the 2018 general elections and had own all provincial and national seats had not secured even a single seat out of five. The JUIF, main opposition party in province- emerged victories and won three seats while ANP two and mayorship of the district.
Similarly, PTI had won four out of five provincial seats and both national assembly seats in Charsadda but in the LG elections, it lost all the three tehsil seats to JUIF and Mazdoor Kisan Party.
According to ECP record, out of 63 tehsil chairman, JUIF won 17 tehsils, followed by ruling party grabbed 13 seats.
Besides the JUIF, independents, too, fared very well in the polls and secured mayors seats compared to 5 by Awami National Party (ANP) and three Pakistan Muslim League while the Pakistan People Party performed below expectations and secured a single tehsil seat. Jamaat-e-Islami grabbed two seats. While the result of tehsils yet to come.
JUIF also won three mayors seats that include provincial capital Peshawar, Bannu and Kohat while ANP won the mayorship of Mardan.