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Ousted Pak PM faces key by-poll test today

17 September 2017

As many as 44 candidates including 32 independent and 12 ticket holders of different political parties are taking part in the bye-election, said an official of the ECP. The Election Commission of Pakistan has set up 220 polling stations for the voters.

A total 220 polling stations have been set up in the constituency having 321,786 voters out of which 56% belong to male constituents who would be exercising their political right till 5 PM without any formal break.

Extra police personnel would be deployed on polling day at all stations in addition to deployment of Rangers and Army personnel, added police sources.

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The contest is likely to be fierce between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)'s Dr Yasim Rashid.

Polling was today underway amidst tight security in the NA-120 by-polls where the ailing wife of Pakistans ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif is contesting to provide a narrative to the ruling PML-N that the people have rejected the Supreme Courts decision to send its leader home.

Another major step taken by the ECP for NA-120 by-poll is a pilot project of testing biometric verification machines at 39 polling stations.

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As the former first lady is now undergoing medical treatment in London, her daughter Maryam spearheaded the campaign in the constituency. ANP candidate Amir Bahadur Khan Hoti also has withdrawn in support of Kalsoom.

Surprisingly, no candidate of three leading parties has their vote registered in the constituency NA-120 for which they are contesting.

The other candidates in the run include: Ajasam Sharif (Ind-Emergency Light), Arshad Mehmood Butt (Ind "Sikka"), Inam ullah Khan (Ind-Oil Tanker), Muhammad Khurram (Ind-Medal), Prof Tayyab Jameel (Ind "Bakri"), Pervaiz Akhtar Gujjar (Ind-Pressure Cooker), Javaid Yousuf (Ind-Bottle), Ch Hussain Gondal (Ind-Lighter), Abid Hussain Chadhar (Ind-Minar e Pakistan), Liaqat Abbas Bhatti (Ind-Electric Heater), Hafiz Khalid Waleed (Ind-Stapler), Hafiz Mian Muhammad Noman (Ind-Laptop), Dr. Mirza Muhammad Ashraf Baig (Ind-Missile), Roohi Bano Khokhar (Ind-Duck), Sardar Michel Farse Saroiya (Ind-Pickup), Sarfaraz Qureshi (Ind-Refrigerator) and Sumaira Ali (Ind-"kanwal ka phool").

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Ousted Pak PM faces key by-poll test today