LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are leading with thumping majority in the first phase of Local Government elections in Punjab and Sindh respectively, according to unofficial results received so far for over 60 percent seats.

The first phase of LG polls was held in 12 districts of Punjab and 8 of Sindh. According to unofficial results for 2112 seats out of 2696 in the Punjab, PML-N leads with 956 seats while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) grabbed 232. The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) bagged 38 while the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) secured 33 seats.

Independent candidates succeeded on 839 seats in the province. The Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) secured 2 seats each.

In Sindh, 1070 seats were contested and unofficial results for 770 are out. The position in Sindh looks something like this: PPP leads with 564 seats followed by Pakistan Muslim League-F with 51, independent candidates 130 and other parties grabbed 25 seats.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) secured 9, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) bagged 4, and PTI grabbed 3, while the PML-N secured 3 seats in the province.

Out of 274 seats in Lahore unofficial results for 265 have come out. In Lahore PML-N won 220 slots, PTI 12 and independent candidates got 31 seats.

In Faisalabad unofficial results for 274 seats out of 468 have been announced. In Faisalabad PML-N secured 100 seats and PTI 28 while independent candidates won 145 slots.

As the unofficial results poured in, winning candidates and their jubilant supporters across Sindh and Punjab celebrated victories by dancing to drum beats and party songs.

Furthermore, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has ordered re-polling in 2 UCs, 17 Wards in Punjab and 2 UCs, 4 Wards in Sindh due to various complaints.