33 candidates have passed away waiting for local govt elections

During the repeated postponements of the second phase of the local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad, 33 candidates who had filed their nomination papers last year have passed away, due to which polls in 45 constituencies will be held at a later date.

Meanwhile, 704 of the 19,867 contestants vying for different seats have been elected unopposed in 16 districts of the Karachi and Hyderabad electoral divisions as chairmen, vice chairmen and general members of union committees, town councils and district councils.

The Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) data shows that among the 16 deceased candidates from Karachi Division, half had filed their nomination papers for the posts of chairman and vice chairman, and the remaining were contesting for general member seats.