The 2020 Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly elections will be held on November 15, 2020. The elections will be held in 24 constituencies, each will elect one member to the 3rd Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. 330 candidates will compete in these elections,  either representing one of the fourteen officially registered and recognized political parties of Gilgit-Baltistan (at the time of the 2020 election)  or being an independent candidate.
The elections were originally scheduled for August 18, 2020, but were postponed to July   due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Pakistani military will not be called to preside over the polls in the elections, with Mir Afzal, the custodian prime minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, declaring that the interim government had the capacity to organize transparent elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Opinion polls conducted before the elections showed that the Pakistani Muslim League (Nawaz), the ruling party before the 2020 election, fell from its previous position as the province’s government and with the largest vote bank. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which rules nationwide, took the lead in the polls, and Pakistan Peoples Party was listed as the second most popular political party.
Details on the GB elections
The 2020 Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly elections will be held in 24 constituencies, each electing one member to the GB Legislative Assembly. 330 candidates will compete in this election, representing one of the fourteen officially registered political parties of Gilgit-Baltistan or as independent candidates. The assembly of GB has 33 seats including 24 general, six reserved for women, and three for technocrats
The elections were pending after the assembly completed its five-year term in June, after which a provisional government was formed.
The GB region, is the home of around 1.3 million people, has a total of 745,361 registered voters, including 339,992 women. Almost 1,234 polling stations were set up in 24 constituencies, of which 415 were declared extremely sensitive. Police, GB scouts, Rangers, and FC staff would be employed to ensure a smooth electoral process.
Mir Afzal the caretaker prime minister of the region had previously announced that Pakistani army support would not be sought for the upcoming elections.
Last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also visited the region and formally announced the “provisional provincial status” for Gilgit-Baltistan at a public meeting in Gilgit to mark the region’s 73rd Independence Day.
Islamabad: With only one week remaining, large numbers of contestants prepared for the final stretch of their campaigns to take the lead in the 2020 Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly elections.
Elections are scheduled for next week in the region of Gilgit Baltistan, strategically located in Pakistan. The multi-billion-dollar Pakistan-China CPEC (CPEC) corridor also runs through the region in northern Pakistan.
Over a dozen political and religious parties, including traditional parties, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are contesting the elections scheduled for November 15.
This will be the region’s third election since GB was granted similar status to provinces and created its own provincial assembly following the 2009 Gilgit-Baltistan Order of Self-Government and Empowerment. The PPP won the 2009 election. and PML-N emerges victorious in the second election, winning 22 seats out of a total of 33. The 2020 polls were postponed to July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both opposition party leaders Maryam Nawaz and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto have stepped up their campaigns to win a majority of seats in the GB election. Bilawal was the first political leader to launch an election campaign in Gilgit Baltistan.
Meanwhile, Raja Shahbaz Khan, GB chief election commissioner, has urged leaders of all political parties to help ensure free, fair, and transparent general elections in the region.
On Sunday, Maryam Nawaz, PML-N vice president, and the party’s most active female leader arrived in Gilgit to lead the public demonstration. Maryam, the daughter of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is heavily involved in the GB elections, making new contacts ahead of next week’s elections to win votes. She was with the top leadership of the PML-N, including former Sindh governor Muhammad Zubair, Pervez Rashid, Ahsan Iqbal, and spokesman Marriyum Aurangzeb.