All eyes are on Karachi today as the counting of votes continues in NA-249 District West Two, where by-polls were held.
According to preliminary results, the PPP and PML-N are in a close race.
According to the ground-based coverage, the polling process was largely peaceful From Geo News Reporters.
Voting ends at 5 p.m. Counting began at most polling stations later due to low voter turnout, which analysts say could be attributed to the hot weather as well as Ramadan.
According to Geo News Correspondent Qasim Saeed saw 10 per cent turnout in one constituency, while Talha Hashmi put the rate at 10 to 12 per cent at some polling stations.
However, Kashif Mushtaq said it was less than 2%.
Counting is now underway at 276 polling stations in the constituency.
According to unofficial results, PPP’s Abdul Qadir Mandokhel is trailing PML-N’s Muftah Ismail and TLP’s Nazir Ahmed.
To ensure a large turnout, the Sindh government declared a public holiday today (Thursday, April 29) for NA-249 constituencies.
The Election Commission has deployed special staff to strictly enforce the Corona Virus Guidelines during the polling process.
About constituency selection
There are 30 candidates in the fray, including Muftah Ismail of PML-N, Amjad Afridi of PTI, Qadir Khan Mandokhel of PPP, Mustafa Kamal of Karachi and Hafiz Mursalin of MQM. Independent candidates are included.
NA-249 has 339,000 registered voters, including 201,656 male and 137,935 female voters, casting their ballots at 276 polling stations. The ECP has declared 184 polling stations as highly sensitive and 92 others as sensitive. CCTV cameras have been installed at the most sensitive polling stations.
Some of the well-known areas of the constituency include Delhi Colony, Mujahid Colony, Baldia and Saeedabad, while in the neighborhood of this working class, prominent ethnic groups include Urdu speakers, Pashtun, Kashmiri and Seraiki speakers.
The Election Commission has rejected Muftah Ismail’s request for extension of polling hours
Meanwhile, the Provincial Election Commission (PEC) rejected PML-N leader Muftah Ismail’s request for extension of polling hours.
Sources inside the Election Commission told Geo News that the body could not find any concrete reason for extending the polling hours beyond 5 pm.
In a letter to the Provincial Election Commission, Ismail requested an extension of polling hours to facilitate voters who fast in hot weather.
He said the overall performance of all presiding officers and their teams had been “very slow” which was affecting the polling process.
“At the same time, the majority of voters arrived at the polling stations late due to the fast and hot weather,” he wrote.
Ismail said he feared that because of these factors, most voters would not be able to exercise their constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choice as polling time approached.
“A large number of voters are still likely to cast their votes at various polling stations,” he said.
He asked the commission to allow a large number of people to cast their votes at the polling stations across the constituency, and to extend the polling time by at least two hours.
‘Practice your constitutional right to vote’
PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif today issued a message to the residents of NA-249 during the by-election in Karachi constituency.
The PML-N president appealed to the people of NA-249 to come out of their homes and exercise their constitutional and democratic right to vote responsibly.
Shahbaz said that people can choose a capable and honest leader with the power to vote.
He also asked the citizens to take care of themselves and others around them in view of the spread of Corona virus.
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