KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) nominated mayor Waseem Akhtar was brought in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) from the central jail to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation building where polling for mayors and deputy mayors in underway.
Polling is underway in five of six District Municipal Corporations in Karachi. MQM’s Rehan Hashmi won without contest from central Karachi.
Along with mayors and deputy mayors, elections for chairman and vice chairman of district councils will also be held today. Candidates for chairman and vice chairman have already been elected unopposed in 14 districts in the province, with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) winning all the seats.
These districts include Hyderabad, Sukkur, Matiari, Jamshoro, Sajawal, Tando Allahyar, Mirpur Khas, Umerkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushehro Feroze and Qamber Shahdadkot.
Having 214 members in the 308-member city council, MQM enjoys simple majority to form its government in the Karachi Municipal Corporation.
For getting its candidate elected to the mayor office, a political party requires 155 votes, yet MQM’s nominated mayor Waseem Akhtar is in prison. Its nominated deputy mayor is Arshad Vohra.
A spokesperson for Karachi Metropolitan Corporation said that preparations for the mayor and deputy mayor election have been finalized and polls will be held as per schedule.