PPP candidate Qasim Gilani leading in Multan bye-election

PPP candidate Qasim Gilani leading in Multan bye-election

PPP candidate Qasim Gilani leading in Multan bye-election

Election officials count votes after polling stations closed during the general election in Karachi, Pakistan, July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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MULTAN: The polling for the NA-148 Multan by-election has concluded, and the vote count is currently underway, with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate leading.

The by-election results for NA-148 Multan are still inconclusive, as only 118 out of 275 polling stations have reported their outcomes so far. According to the current results, Syed Qasim Gilani of the PPP is leading with 35,736 votes.

Meanwhile, the candidate from the Sunni Ittehad Council, Barrister Taimur, is trailing with 20,544 votes.

The final results are still pending as the counting continues at the remaining polling stations.

Earlier, polling that started at 8:00 in the morning will continue till 5:00 pm without any interval.

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As per report, eight candidates belonging to various political parties are on the run to win the seat vacated following the resignation of Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani who took oath as the Senate Chairman.

Political observers are assuming a tough contest between Pakistan People’s Party’s Ali Qasim Gilani, Sunni Ittehad Council’s Taimur Altaf and Ahmed Hussain Dehr.

On Feb 8 elections, Ahmed Hussain Dehr on PML-N’s ticket had grabbed 57989 votes.

The total number of registered voters, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan stands at 213,333, with 111,639 male voters and 101,694 female voters.

The constituency, previously labelled as NA-154 Multan-I in the 2018 election delimitations has been re-designated as NA-148 Multan-I.

A comparison of the electoral rolls reveals a reduction of 171,900 votes in 2024 compared to 2018.

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