Voting Underway for By-elections in Punjab, KP

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

19th Feb, 2021. 10:02 am

The process of polling during the by-elections in four constituencies including two vacant seats of National Assembly (NA) and two seats of the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is underway.

According to the details, polling will continue till 05:00 pm without any break

Seats of NA-75, Sialkot-IV Daska, PP 51 Gujranwala-I, NA-45 Kurram-I and PK-63 Nowshera III fell vacant due to the death of members.

Foolproof security measures have been made to ensure polling in a peaceful and transparent manner.

The seat of NA-75 Tehsil Daska, District Sialkot was vacated after the death of PML-N’s MNA Syed Iftikhar-ud-Din in August 2020.

Provincial Assembly seat PP-51 Wazirabad was vacated due to the death of PML-N MPA Chaudhry Shaukat Manzoor Cheema in June 2020 due to coronavirus.

PML-N fielded women candidates for both the seats in the by-elections. Nosheen Iftikhar, daughter of late Syed Iftikharuddin, has been given party ticket in the NA-75 constituency.

TLP’s Muhammad Khalil Sindhu and the other seven independent candidates are also running for the NA seat.

The number of registered voters in the constituency, according to the ECP, is 4, 94300. As many as 360 polling stations have been set up out of which 155 are declared sensitive and 25 are highly sensitive.

Similarly, a ticket has been given to Talat Manzoor Cheema, wife of Chaudhry Shaukat Manzoor Cheema, on PP-51. PTI’s Chaudhry Yousuf Mehr will contest against her.

In NA-45, PTI candidate Fakhr Zaman Khan is contesting against Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Malik Jamil Khan.

In PK-63 Nowshera, a close fight is expected between PML-N’s Ikhtiar Wali and PTI’s Omar Kakakhel.

The district administration has declared 39 polling stations as the most sensitive.

According to the details, the Election Commission of Pakistan has established 102 polling stations in the constituency to facilitate 141,934 voters including 79,063 men and 62,871 women.

Moreover, 52 polling stations have been set up for men, 47 for women and three are combined polling stations. Out of the total, 39 polling stations were declared most sensitive and 35 as sensitive.

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