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Daughter of donkey-cart vendor defeats PPP candidate in LG election

Sheikh said she was confident she will win the election

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In a rare occurrence, the daughter of a donkey-cart vendor defeats the PPP candidate in Sindh Local Body election poll. Hundreds of candidates contested elections in the first phase of LG polls in several areas of Sindh.

Parveen Sheikh was an independent candidate hailing from a vulnerable community. She is the daughter of Ghulshah Sheikh. She won the election in ward 1 of the Municipal Committee of Khairpur against PPP candidate Manthar Sheikh who was nominated by former Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah and PPP MNA Nafisa Shah.

Sheikh said she was confident she will win the election despite her father going against her due to political issues. She secured 430 seats in the elections held on Sunday.

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In the first phase, elections were held for district councils, municipal committees, town committees, and union councils. The number of seats in these elections was 7164 out of which 1000 seats were won by candidates unopposed. More than 24,000 candidates fought aggressively for the remaining 6083 seats.

Elections were marred by violence and fight between candidates. Several videos of people casting fake votes were circulated on social media. The credibility of elections is coming under question after it was marred by rigging, physical assaults, and fights between the supporters of the candidates. Participants slammed the ECP for failing to organize ‘free and fair elections’ allegedly.

However, Pakistan People’s Party took a clean lead in the elections. The party has been ruling the province consecutively since 2008. Grand Democratic Alliance came second in the first phase of the elections. Independent candidates took the third spot, Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf came fourth in the list and Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam came fifth in the race.

Elections were held in Larkana, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, Naushehro Feroze, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, and Tharparkar.