Voting underway for by polls in 08 national and 03 provincial assembly constituencies

PTI chairman Imran Khan is contesting elections in 7 out of 08 National Assembly constituencies

The voting is underway for by polls in all the 11 constituencies across the country. The polling is taking place peacefully as no incident of violence reported so far.

The by-elections are being held for three seats of national assembly in Faisalabad, Nankana Sahib and Multan in Punjab; three NA seats in Charsada, Peshawar and Mardan in KP; and two NA seats in Sindh’s Korangi and Malir. The by polls are being held for 03 provincial assembly constituencies in Khanewal, Sheikhupura and Bahawalnagar.

The constituencies where polling is taking place are: NA-22 Mardan-III, NA-24 Charsada-II, NA-31 Peshawar-V, NA-108 Faisalabad-VIII, NA-118 Nankana Sahib -II, NA 157 Multan-IV, NA-237 Malir-II, NA-239 Korangi, Karachi-I. The by-poll on NA 45, a tribal area seat, has been postponed over law and order situation.

The lower house seats were vacated after NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had accepted the resignations of PTI MNAs nine on general seats and two on reserved seats for women.

Moreover, by-elections are also being held on three Punjab Assembly seats  PP-241 Bahawal­nagar-V; PP-209 Khanewal-VII, and PP-139 Sheikhupura-V.

It is unprecedented in the country’s political history that one candidate, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, is running for as many as seven NA seats out of eight up for grabs.

A total of 101 candidates from different political parties and independents are taking part in the vote: 52 in Punjab, 33 in Sindh and 16 in KP. Around 4.472 million voters are registered in these constituencies. In Punjab, 1,434 polling stations have been established, 979 in KP and 340 in Karachi for the voters.

Big num­ber of police and Rangers personnel is deployed for maintaining law and order on the polling day. The Pakistan Army is also deployed as stand by force. A central control room has been established at the ECP head office in Islamabad which will monitor the voting process across the country.


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