GDA’s Abbasi wins by-election to Sindh Assembly – Pakistan

LARKANA: Security personnel are on duty at a polling station during the partial elections in the PS-11 constituency. – PPI

LARKANA: The candidate of the Great Democratic Alliance (GDA), Moazzam Ali Abbasi, won the partial elections held for the PS-11 (Larkana-II) constituency of the Sindh Assembly on Thursday, according to unofficial results.

While Abbasi won 31,557 votes, rival Jamil Soomro of the Popular Party of Pakistan could obtain 26,021 votes, according to the unofficial results received from the 138 polling stations that were created for the partial election.

Voting took place in a peaceful environment and no adverse incidents were reported anywhere in the constituency.

Special security measures were implemented, including the deployment of Rangers and the army in the constituency, in addition to the police.

The survey began at 8 a.m. and continued until 5 p.m. without a rest.

The Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had announced the re-election after the Supreme Court dismissed Abbasi, who had won the seat in the 2018 general elections.

The total number of registered voters in the constituency is 152,614-83,016 men and 69,598 women.

Soomro, who is the political secretary of the PPP president, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, cast his vote at a polling station established in the public health engineering office, while Abbasi cast his vote at a polling station in a primary school administered by the government.

Both Mr. Soomro and Mr. Abbasi spoke with journalists after casting their votes and also visited some other polling stations in the constituency.

The voting process was quite fast in the morning, but then its pace slowed.

GDA supporters raised objections about visits by elected PPP representatives, including Bhutto-Zardari, Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Nadir Magsi, to various polling stations.

The PPP secretary general, Farhatullah Babar, in a letter addressed to the Chief of Election Commissioners (CEC), noted the delay in the beginning of the voting at some women's polling stations due to the late arrival of police personnel.

The head of the central electoral cell of the PPP, Taj Haider, in a letter addressed to the CEC, called his attention to the complaints of Bhutto-Zardari, who had accused the Rangers of interfering in the political process, reviewing voter ballots and harass electoral agents and candidates.

Posted on Dawn, October 18, 2019



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