DARYA KHAN: Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) maiden run in polls fell flat after it was hammered in PP-48 Bhakkar by-elections on Saturday.
Punjab assembly seat PP-48 had fallen vacant after PML-N’s Najeebullah Khan Niazi passed away earlier. Niazi was also a cousin of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan.
On Saturday, the PML-N backed independent candidate Inamullah Khan Niazi won by-elections after securing 47,593 votes.
Niazi, who is Najeebullah’s elder brother, only narrowly secured victory. Independent candidate Ahmed Nawaz Nawani lost with 47,013 votes.
However, PAT’s first foray in to electoral politics was far less spectacular. The party’s candidate, Nazar Abbas, was bottom with just 13,582 votes. The defeat is particularly heavy for PAT whose chief Dr Tahirul Qadri had spearheaded Abbas’ election campaign in the constituency.
Pakistan Peoples Party had boycotted elections in the constituency.
BHAKKAR: Independent candidate Inamullah Khan Niazi has won PP-48 Bhakkar seat, according to unofficial results of all 144 poling stations.
Niazi has secured 47,593 votes while Ahmed Nawaz Noorani, who is also contesting the by-polls as an independent candidate remained on second place by getting 47,013 votes.
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) candidate Nazar Abbas Kahawar has only secured 13,582 ballots.
The PP-48 seat fell vacant due to the sudden death of Najibullah, who was elected as independent candidate in general elections 2013.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the constituency has a total of 153,098 registered voters. Of them 86,529 are males and 66,569 are females.
As many as 153098 registered voters will go for polls in PP-48 Bhakkar-II to elect their representative on Saturday.
According to Election Commission of Pakistan, out of total voters there are 86529 male and 66569 female voters for whom total 144 polling stations have been set up with 23 polling stations for male and 17 for female. As many as 104 combine polling stations have also been set up.
Furthermore, in all 355 polling booths will be set up 153 polling.
The Commission has also revealed that seven candidates will be in the run including majority of independent candidates and two candidates from political parties.
These candidates include Ahmed Nawaz Khan, Inamullah Khan Niazi, Muhammad Arshad Awan, Muhammad Arshad Faqeer, Malik Muhammad Naeem Tariq, Alhaj Shehzad Sharif Chaudhry from Pakistan Falah Party, and Malik Nazar Abbas Kahawar from Pakistan Awami Tehreek.
The by-election is being held against a seat fallen vacant after death of Najeebullah Khan MPA.
MULTAN: Veteran politician Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Thursday faced a historic by-election defeat as he conceded his traditional National Assembly seat (NA-149) to an independent candidate supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The rout was all the more telling as it came despite support of many religious and political parties, including the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).Hashmi had relinquished the seat after he left the PTI following his disagreement with party chief Imran Khan.
Amir Dogar, the PTI-backed candidate, won with a comfortable margin of 14,000 votes, polling 52,321 votes against Hashmi’s 38,393 votes, according to the official results, announced by the regional election commission. In a distant third place came Javed Siddiqi of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) who secured 6,289 votes.
Election Commision of Pakistan has clarified Post Election Review Report 2013 in a press release. The ECP clarifies that the Post Election Review Report 2013 being commented upon is not the Election Commission’s Report on General Election 2013, but it is a summary of the recommendations received from various stakeholders including international observers, domestic observers and feedback provided by District Returning Officers, Returning Officers, Presiding Officers, polling officials, security officials, general public including male, female, youth, persons with disabilities and minorities.
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK’S PRESIDENT SAYS DAMAGE COULD BE MANAGEABLE IF THE ONGOING PROTESTS ARE RESOLVED SOON.
Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao warned on Wednesday that an ongoing political impasse could damage Pakistan’s recently stabilized economy, as the country’s finance minister said Islamabad would miss its growth target due to recent floods.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Nakao and finance minister Ishaq Dar praised the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for improving the macro-economic outlook and pursuing a liberalization agenda.
Past elections:General elections from 1954 to 1970
Between 1947 and 1958, there were no direct elections held in Pakistan at the national level. Provincial elections were held occasionally. The West Pakistan provincial elections were described as "a farce, a mockery and a fraud upon the electorate"
The first direct elections held in the country after independence were for the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab between 10–20 March 1951. The elections were held for 197 seats. As many as 939 candidates contested the election for 189 seats, while the remaining seats were filled unopposed. Seven political parties were in the race. The election was held on an adult franchise basis with approximately one-million voters. The turnout remained low. In Lahore, the turnout was 30 per cent of the listed voters and in rural areas of Punjab it was much lower.
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