PML-N, partners seen leading in Baluchistan

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Women polling officers counted votes Saturday under the watchful eyes of an armed security officer during local elections in the Pakistani town of Chaman along the Afghanistan border. UPI Next/Matiullah Achakzai.

QUETTA, Dec 7,2013 (Abdul Malik Achakzai / UPI Next) — Initial results in local elections in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province Saturday showed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the party of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and its partners in the coalition governing the province, the National Party and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, were ahead.

Voters went to the polls to select members of local governing bodies, such as district councils, in the first local balloting since 2005 polling under then-Pakistani military leader Pervez Musharraf. Voting in many areas was conducted under the watchful eyes of armed soldiers and other security forces; about 50,000 troops and police were deployed to secure the balloting process.

Read More PML-N, partners seen leading in Baluchistan vote in Pakistan – UPI.com.

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