A tough competition is expected between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) in the elections for Multan’s municipal corporation and the district council
Analysts say the leading party will likely need support from the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) to form government. With several pockets of support in the district, the PPP is likely to play an important role in both the municipal corporation and the district council.
The three parties have fielded chairmen and vice-chairmen panels in all 68 UCs of the municipal corporation.
Unlike most others districts in the province, the PML-N stalwarts in Multan have been successful in resolving their differences ahead of the election. Governor Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana had visited the district twice in the November to encourage settlements with dissidents.
Party tickets were allotted by panels headed by MNAs, MPAs and party ticket holders for general elections of 2013 in constituencies where the PML-N had lost.
Leaguers contesting as independent candidates are a fraction of the candidates contesting on the party ticket. The most significant among them is Amin Vains (who lost a provincial assembly election in 2008). He is contesting for UC-54 chairman seat against party candidate Kausur Shah (supported by former MNA Tariq Rasheed).