By- polls in Karachi, Naushahro Feroz to­day


KARACHI— The Election Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan ( ECP) has fi­nal­ized ar­range­ments to hold by- elec­tions on June 2 in three Sindh Assem­bly con­stituen­cies, PS- 106 ( Karachi), PS- 117 ( Karachi) and PS- 22 ( Naushahro Feroz).

Ac­cord­ing to source, a meet­ing of ECP of­fi­cials held at the pro­vin­cial election com­mis­sion in Karachi dis­used the ar­range­ments and de­cided to de­ploy Rangers in­side and out­side sen­si­tive polling sta­tions, be­sides po­lice.

In all, there are 144 polling sta­tions de­clared most sen­si­tive and 119 sen­si­tive in the three con­stituen­cies. In Karachi, 84 polling sta­tions have been set up in PS- 117; of them 44 have been de­clared ‘ highly sen­si­tive’ and 40 ‘ sen­si­tive’.

Of­fi­cials said 100 polling sta­tions have been set up in PS- 106; of them 77 have been de­clared ‘ highly sen­si­tive’ and 23 ‘ sen­si­tive’. Sources said more than 300 po­lice­men will per­form se­cu­rity du­ties.

Mon­i­tor­ing teams have been formed for each district to su­per­vise the polling process while some Pak­istan Election Com­mis­sion of­fi­cials would also mon­i­tor the polling. The PS- 106 seat fell va­cant with the res­ig­na­tion of MQM law­maker Iftikhar Alam who joined Pak Sarza­meen Party.

There are 14 can­di­dates in the field, while the main con­test is likely among MQM can­di­date Me­hfooz­yar Khan, PPP’s Sar­dar Ab­dul Sa­mad, PTI’s Nus­rat An­war, and Pas­ban’s Jawad Sheer­azi. The PS- 117 seat, too, fell va­cant when MQM law­maker Dr Saghir Ah­mad re­signed to join the PSP.

There are 10 can­di­dates in the run while the main con­test is likely among S. M. Qa­mar Ab­bas Rizvi of the MQM, Javed Maq­bool Butt of the PPP, Rafaqat Umar of PTI, Naeem Shah of the JUI- F and Zia- ur- Rah­man of Pas­ban.

The PS- 22 seat had fallen va­cant due to the un­seat­ing of Pak­istan Peo­ples Party law­maker Dr Ab­dul Sat­tar Ra­j­par. There are 98 polling sta­tions — 56 sen­si­tive, 23 most sen­si­tive and 19 nor­mal — in the Naushahro Feroz con­stituency.

PO photo

For­mer min­is­ter and MPA, Ru­bina Qaimkhani, was chief guest at group show at Grandeur Art Gallery Zamzama. Nesh­mia Ahmed, CEO Grandeur, also present on the Oc­ca­sion.—

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