Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday conceded defeat in the first phase of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa local government elections and said that “wrong selection” of candidates was a major cause for the PTI’s shock defeat.

The prime minister’s tweet comes a day after opposition parties, particularly the JUI-F, took an unassailable lead in the local body elections, leaving the PTI behind.

The ruling party could not grab even a single mayor seat out of the four. The PTI could only manage to win one tehsil in Peshawar out of six tehsils.

“PTI made mistakes in 1st phase of KP LG elections & paid the price. Wrong candidate selection was a major cause. From now on I will personally be overseeing PTI’s LG election strategy in 2nd phase of KP LG elections & LG elections across Pak. InshaAllah PTI will come out stronger,” tweeted the prime minister. 

According to unofficial results, the JUI-F has emerged victorious in 16 tehsil council seats while the PTI has won in 14. Independent candidates have won 10, ANP six, PML-N three, Jamaat-e-Islami two, and Tehreek-e-Istiqlal in the tehsil council elections.


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