Altaf Hamid Rao.
Elections to heads of newly-elected civic bodies held in all 10 AJK districts,
MIRPUR (AJK), (Parliament Times) : Usman Ali Khalid and Muhammad Ramzan Chughtai were elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively of the Municipal Corporation of the lake-side Mirpur city of Azad Jammu Kashmir in the elections held on Thursday.
Our Special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao reports from Mirpur that the victorious city mayor Usman Ali Khalid bagged 38 votes against his only rival candidate Chaudhry Abdul Razaq who obtained 20 votes.
Similarly the newly-elected Deputy Mayor Muhammad Ramzan Chughtain won the election by getting 30 votes against his only rival candidate Rashad Siddique who bagged 29 votes.
The polling started according to the scheduled time at 10.00 a.m and continued till the stipulated last time of 02.00 p.m in a peaceful manner. The newly elected councilors of the Mirpur Municipal Corporation exercised their right of vote electing the new head and deputy head of the city Municipal Corporation.
The newly-elected Mayor Usman Ali Khalid has distinguished political career belonging to an eminent local political family as his father Chaudhry Khalid Hussain has also been the Chairman of then Mirpur Municipal Committee about three decades ago.
Likewise the newly-elected Deputy Mayor Ramzan Chughtai has also distinguished career being a seasoned working journalist since about past four decades and now as a journalist-cum-political activist winning the Deputy Mayorship of the expatriates city of Mirpur.
Raja Naveed Akhter has already been elected unopposed as Chairman of District Council Mirpur. Non of his rival candidates had filed the nomination papers to contest election to the slot by the stipulated last date of filing of the nomination papers.
Elections to the heads of the newly-elected local bodies in Azad Jammu Kashmir – including Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Mayors and Deputy Mayors, were held on March 02 – Thursday across Azad Jammu Kashmir under the supervision of the Senior officers of the AJK judiciary / Additional District and Session Judges being Returning Officers of their respective electoral constituencies of the respective local bodies across AJK under the supervision of the Azad Jammu Kashmir Elections Commission.
It was the third leg of the local bodies elections in Azad Jammu Kashmir, completed by the AJK Elections Commission to elect the heads of the civic bodies including Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Mayors and Deputy Mayors to all the newly-elected local councils throughout Azad Jammu Kashmir.
Meanwhile the supporters and activists of the triumphant heads of the civic bodies and the winning political parties celebrated the victory of their respective favorite heads of the local government councils by taking out processions in the town and streets in all small and major towns throughout Azad Jammu Kashmir.