Polling for NA-258 by-elections begins

Polling for NA-258 by-elections begins

NA-258 Elections news

KARACHI: Polling for by-election on National Assembly’s constituency
NA-258 has begun which will continue till 5pm without any break.

Strict security arrangements have been made with Rangers and police personnel
deployed in and outside the polling stations.  Moreover, all polling stations in the constituency
have either been declared `sensitive` or `extreme sensitive`, while presiding
officers and the Rangers have been given magisterial powers.

According to Province Election Commissioner of Sindh Tanveer Zaki, no
persons, except the presiding officers, would be allowed to use cellphone
on the premises of a polling station.

Furthermore, all election staff and voters could enter their respective polling station by
showing their original computerised national identity cards.

It is also to be mentioned here that the seat fell vacant after resignation of
PML-N MNA Abdul Hakeem Baloch. Baloh had won the NA-258 election
in 2013 on a ticket of the PML-N, however  he recently rejoined Pakistan People’s Party
and also resigned from his assembly membership to contest the by-election on a PPP ticket.

As major political players have either chose not to contest or boycotted the
by-election on NA-258, the Pakistan Peoples Party is set to reclaim the National
Assembly seat it lost in the 2013 general election to the same man who is now
contesting the election on its ticket.

The PML-N did not field its candidate in the by-election. Three other parties
the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the outlawed
Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat announced boycott of the by-election accusing the
provincial government of pre-poll rigging.

Furthermore, excluding the three boycotting parties, a total of 11 candidates are in the run,
Mr Baloch, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl`s Maulana Akram Shah and Shah Waliullah
of the Muttahida Deeni Mahaz. Eight of the candidates are independent.

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