A. 10 November 2009
B. 15 November 2009
C. 12 November 2009
D. 18 November 2009
The First Elections in Gilgit-Baltistan was held on 12 November 2009. Through these elections, the first legislative assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan was established in the province.
The region of Gilgit Baltistan was formerly known as Northern Areas. The Northern Areas were formed by joining Gilgit Agency and Baltistan regions in 1970 but the Northern Areas were ruled directly from Islamabad. In 2009 the Government of Pakistan passed an Autonomy Order known as Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-governance Order, 2009 which was signed by the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari in September 2009.
Campaign and Polling
In these elections, 264 candidates contested the election. Out of these 264 candidates 99 came from different political parties and 165 candidates contested this election as an independent candidate. All these candidates contested against the 24 available seats across Gilgit-Baltistan.
In the first elections of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Pakistan People’s Party emerged as the largest party in the assembly by winning 20 seats. The elected members took oath of their offices on 10 December 2009. The first Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan was Syed Mehdi Shah.
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