Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the most popular party in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
According to a survey of Gallup Pakistan, 44 per cent in AJK think that PTI will win the election on 25th July 2021 while PML-N has 12 per cent and PPP 9 per cent popularity.
Both PML-N and PPP has collective 21 per cent popularity as compared to 44 per cent of PTI, the survey said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan appeared as the most trusted political leader in the survey with 67 per cent positive rating, Bilawal Bhutto with 49 per cent followed by Shahbaz Sharif with 48 per cent.
Maryam Nawaz has only 44 per cent popularity, the survey further said.
Moreover, mostly Kashmiri people were of the view that the 25th July election would be and transparent. fair
The survey said 94 per cent respondents are likely to vote in the upcoming election while 6 per cent have no intention to vote.
53 per cent respondents in AJK believe that the elections will be free and fair. 30 per cent think that they will not be transparent while 17% are unsure.
Over 3.2 million voters are set to elect the 53-member assembly of AJK for a five-year term on Sunday.
More than 700 candidates from 32 political and religious parties are contesting for the 45 general seats. Out of the rest eight reserved seats, five are for women and three seats, one each for religious scholars, technocrats, and overseas Kashmiris. The members for these seats are nominated after the elections.
Out of 45 general seats, 12 seats are reserved for Kashmiri refugees who had migrated from Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) in 1947 and 1965 and are settled in various parts of Pakistan. Therefore, in the 10 districts of AJK, elections will take place on 33 seats only.
Out of 700 candidates, only 20 women candidates are contesting elections from general seats.
APP with additional input by GVS News Desk