Peaceful by-polls in Multan, DG Khan and Bahawalpur
MULTAN: By-elections of 10 National Assembly and 18 Provincial Assemby seats were held in a peaceful manner and no untoward incident were reported in Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur divisions. Chief of Pakistan Saraiki Party (PSP) Barrister Taj Muhammad Khan Langah who was the candidate of PPP said, “The election were not fair because the administration was favouring a candidate to get him elected while the turnout was as low as 40 to 45 percent in NA 187 (Yezman)”.
A state of severe tension prevailed in the constituency as the supporters of Syed Tasneem Nawaz Gardezi attacked the PPP procession in Yezman o Tuesday.
PPP (Parliamentarian) candidate Ahmed Hassan Dehar from PP-200 Multan complained of rigging and said that the election staff was changed overnight for the Minister of State whose relative was contesting the polls.
While State Minister for Agriculture, Food and Livestock Malik Sikander Bosan said, “PPPP candidate had violated the election rules by appointing outsiders as the polling agents while the authorities had granted permission to appoint voters of same area as polling agents but we did not object to this.”
He said that he would reply of all charges levelled by the opponents after the elections. The election in PP-266 Layyah remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported
Bhakkar: The polling in all the stations set up for National and provincial assembly seats was held peacefully in the district.
The polling in the stations started at 8am. The district administration had made elaborate security arrangements for the election in NA-74 and PP-47.
According to the local Election Commission officials, the number of registered voters in NA-74 was 290,180 and in PP-47 was 117,028. About 276 polling stations with 691 booths had been set up for NA-74 and 110 polling stations with 271 booths had been set up for PP-47. District Returning Officer Muhammad Hanif Khan and District Coordination Officer Khalid Hanif Chaudhry visited various polling stations and supervised the process. The DRO expressed satisfaction over the arrangements. He directed the presiding officers and other staff to ensure transparent polling.