18 apply for eight reserved seats in AJK Assembly
18 July 2006
The Daily Times
Muzaffarabad: Eighteen candidates have filed their nomination papers for the eight reserved seats in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly (AJKLA) on Thursday. Out of total 18 candidates, nine candidates have filed their nomination papers for women reserved seats, four for overseas Kashmiris, three for ulema and three for technocrats. The elections on the eight reserved seats will be held on July 22. Last date to withdraw nominations is July 21. In the house of 49 legislatures, 41 candidates are elected directly by the public on adult franchise basis, while eight seats, including five for women and one each for ulema, overseas Kashmiris and technocrats are reserved. With the elections of eight reserved seats, the strength of the house will be completed. Later, the house will elect the speaker, deputy speaker and the prime minister to complete the electoral process and formation of the government. The sitting of the AJK Council, the Upper House and the AJK Legislative Assembly, the Lower House will elect the AJK president on July 27. The women candidates, include Shazia Khatoon, Mehnaz Shafique, Gular Fatima, Shamim Ali Malik, Naheed Tariq, Meherun Nisa, Nigaar Khokhar, Aasima Aashiq and Nasreen Rani. The names of the candidates filed nomination papers for the one overseas Kashmiris seat, include Khurshid Ahmed, Muhammad Riaz, Muhammad, Muhammad Israrullah and Ziaul Haque Gorsi. The candidates who have filed their nomination for one seat of ulema include, Muhammad Altaf Mahboob, Fazal Rasool Tahir and Peer Attiqur Rehman, while two candidates, including Abdul Rashid Abbasi and Syed Nishat Kazmi have filed their nominations for the one technocrats seat. Polling on the eight reserved seats will be held in the AJKLA from 10am to 3pm on July 22.