2024 By-Election: PML-N emerges as front-runner

2024 By-Election: PML-N emerges as front-runner

2024 By-Election: PML-N emerges as front-runner

PML-N emerges as front-runner

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has emerged as the front-runner in by-elections held for nearly twenty national and provincial seats on Sunday, based on unofficial and initial results.

According to these preliminary outcomes from 21 national and provincial seats, the PML-N secured victory in four seats from Punjab, previously considered a stronghold of the ruling party.

Additionally, the Sharif-led party claimed a provincial assembly seat in Balochistan and a national assembly seat in Lahore.

The Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) also managed to secure a provincial assembly seat in Lahore, while the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) secured a national assembly seat in Kamber Shahdadtkot.

The by-elections marked the first electoral exercise following the establishment of new assemblies subsequent to the February 8 general elections. Various political groups, including PML-N, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-aligned Sunni Ittehad Council, and PPP, actively participated in these polls.

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Polling took place between 8am and 5pm, with the federal government temporarily suspending mobile phone services in several districts of Punjab and Balochistan to ensure the security and integrity of the electoral process.

At the behest of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the government also deployed Pakistan Army and Civil Armed Forces (CAF) personnel to oversee the polling process.

Unfortunately, incidents of violence were reported during the election, with clashes occurring between PML-N and Sunni Ittehad Council workers in various constituencies. Tragically, one PML-N worker, Muhammad Yousaf, lost his life in Narowal due to these clashes, leading to the suspension of polling in that area.

The by-elections covered five national assembly seats, twelve Punjab Assembly seats, two each from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Assemblies, and one from the Sindh Assembly.

Polling for the 2024 by-elections in 21 constituencies, which includes 5 seats of National Assembly and 16 seats of Provincial Assembly, has largely peacefully completed and not counting has started in all constituencies.

Earlier, The polling began 8 am and will continue till five in the evening without any break.

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A total of 239 candidates are competing for the National and Provincial Assembly seats. By-elections in the constituencies of the National Assembly include 2 constituencies of Punjab, 2 constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1 constituency of Sindh.

On the other hand, the seats for provincial assemblies include 12 seats of Punjab Assembly, 2 seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one of Balochistan Assembly.

Where are by-polls being held?

Punjab Assembly

By-elections will be held in 12 constituencies of the Punjab Assembly, including PP 22 Chakwal Kam Tala Gang, PP 32 Gujrat, PP 36 Wazirabad, PP 54 Narrwal, PP 93 Bhakkar, PP 139 Sheikhupura, PP 147 in Lahore, pp 149, pp 158, pp 164, pp 266 Rahim Yar Khan and pp 290 DG Khan.

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2,601 polling stations have been established in Punjab in which more than 4.044 million voters will exercise their right to vote.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

191 candidates are competing for 2 seats, PK 22 Bajaur and PK 91 Kohat, of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

More than 2.55 million voters will exercise their right to vote to elect public representatives.

Balochistan

By-elections on 2 seats of Balochistan, including PB 20 Khuzdar and PB 22 Lasbela, are underway, while repolling in PB 50 Qila Abdullahis also being conducted today.

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Sindh

The by-elections are being held in the National Assemly constituency NA-196 Qamber Shadadkot. This seat was vacated by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.

Lahore

With a total number of 530,167 voters exercising their right to vote, by-polling at one national and four provincial assemblies are underway.

In NA-119, Ali Pervez Malik of PML-N and Shehzad Farooq of Sunni Unity Council are competing along with seven others, which includes Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) candidate Muhammad Zaheer and six independent candidates.

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A total of 338 polling stations have been setup in NA-119. 89 have been setup for men and as many for women while the remaining were combined.

Approval of deployment of troops

The federal government approved the deployment of troops for security purposes after the election Commission (EC) made the request.

Code of conduct for security personnel

A code of conduct for the security personal was released the EC for the ongoing 2024 by-elections.

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The security personnel will be deployed outside each polling station where they will ensure peaceful elections. Additionally, they will also assist the EC officials.

On the other hade, while issuing the code of conduct for the Pakistan Armed Forces and Civil Forces, the EC said that the personnel will be stationed outside the polling stations that are highly sensitive.

The code of conduct also states that Civil Armed Forces and Pakistan Army officials will not seize election materials and will inform the Election Commission Officer concerned about election irregularities.

Suspension of Internet, Cellular Services

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said that the internet and cellular services will remain suspended in the districts of Punjab and Baluchistan.

According to PTA, the decision was taken to ensure safe and smooth process of the 2024 by-elections.

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A day earlier, the federal government also announced the suspension of the cellular services in the above mention regions on April 21-22.

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