Background discussions with people belonging to different walks of life showed that double votes were cast in almost all the villages. Money bags were also opened and hollow promises by politicians, especially the pseudo type, marred the free and fair election atmosphere in the district.
Witnesses said taking advantage of being a ruling party in the province, the local PTI leaders were seen active in making promises unlike their counterparts in other political parties which left them with no option but to use the ‘biradri card’.
There were also complaints that voting process was at snail’s pace, as it took about 10 to 15 for a voter to cast their vote due to which the turnout was reportedly not up to the mark.
Talking to ChitralToday on phone, additional assistant commissioner Syed Mazhar Ali Shah said that people had to face some problems as it took almost 15 minutes for a voter to cast his/her vote due to complicated polling process.
About the overall law and orders situation on the polling stations, he expressed satisfaction, saying some PTI workers were seen in high tempers, which was controlled by the timely intervention of the local administration.
The sources said PTI leaders were seen quite nervous during the polling as Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had reportedly tightened the noose around with a warning that any defeat this time again would leave him with no option but to replace them with some genuine visionary leadership.
The healthy development which needs to be appreciated is that the turnout of women at polling stations was very high.
The Chitral district which has remained a stronghold of former president Pervez Musharraf, this time again did not disappoint the hot-headed commando as majority of the elderly people who had seen the hardships in constructing the Lowari tunnel, turned out openly in support of the former general.
However, the results are yet to be announced but it is predicted that a split mandate is in the offing – shattering the hopes of PTI to clean sweep the local bodies’ elections – making it once again difficult for the local leadership, which has failed to streamline the party in the district.]]>