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Balochistan LB Polls: Seat-to-seat adjustment continues.

QUETTA -- The political parties have been continuing forging alliance for seat to seat adjustment in different areas for local government elections scheduled on December 7.

Political sources told media, here on Monday that nine political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-N, PML-Q, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Awami National Party, Balochistan National Party, Hazara Democratic Alliance have forged alliance limited to Quetta city for seat to seat adjustment. It is likely that the elected chief of Quetta Metropolitan Corporation might be chosen from PML-N or PkMAP while JUI-F could also not be ignored that has been enjoying heavy support of its voters and supporters in Quetta. In Pishin and Qila Abdullah districts, the main contest would be held between candidates of two factions of JUI and PkMAP, but the division in JUI in shape of two factions including JUI-F and JUI-N would benefit PkMAP. The Awami National Party might take few seats in these districts as it had forged alliance with JUI-F.

In Khuzdar region, four parties including PML-N, BNP-Awami and JUI-F has forged seat to seat adjustment alliance, causing difficulties for BNP-Mengal that was also facing opposition by some local tribal groups.

In Kalat district, seat to seat adjustment alliance between three political parties including PML-N, JUI-F, BNP has been made and their some candidates were withdrawn. In Nasirabad, Sibi division and two districts of Dera Bugti and Kohlu, PML-N might clinch majority in results of the local bodies' elections as heavy weight local tribal chieftains and politicians had joined PML-N. The noted political figures from local tribes including Jamali, Domki, Bugti, Marri, Abro and others were active leaders of PML-N and they had fielded candidates from their families and friend on the ticket of PML-N for contesting local government elections. PML-Q may take seats from Zhob division where PML-Q provincial president and Provincial Minister, Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel had his political influence. However, three others political parties including two factions of JUI and PkMAP have also their remarkable political influence in these areas.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 3, 2013
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