Cam­paigns con­clude as Pak­istan set for by­polls

The Sunday Guardian - - World - IANS

IS­LAM­ABAD: Po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Pak­istan have con­cluded their weeks-long cam­paigns for the coun­try’s by-elec­tions sched­uled for Sun­day in 35 con­stituen­cies of the Na­tional Assem­bly or lower house of the coun­try’s Par­lia­ment and four pro­vin­cial As­sem­blies.

Fol­low­ing the code of con­duct is­sued by the poll body, all the can­di­dates ended their cam­paigns on Fri­day mid­night.

The by-elec­tions will be held on 11 Na­tional Assem­bly seats and 24 seats of pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies, in­clud­ing Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, Pun­jab, Balochis­tan and Sindh prov­inces, ac­cord­ing to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to the poll body, out of 11 seats of the Na­tional assem­bly, eight were in Pun­jab prov­ince, one each in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh prov­inces and one in Is­lam­abad.

Twenty-four seats from pro­vin­cial As­sem­blies in­cluded 11 seats for Pun­jab Assem­bly, nine for Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and two each for Sindh and Balochis­tan.

As many as 1,727 polling sta­tions out of the to­tal 7,489 were cat­e­go­rized as “highly sen­si­tive” by the poll body.

Pak­istan Army per­son­nel took the re­spon­si­bil­ity of se­cur­ing the polling sta­tions, both in­side and out­side. They will be de­ployed at the polling sta­tions till Oc­to­ber 15.

Over 9.23 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers, in­clud­ing over­seas Pakistanis, are el­i­gi­ble to cast their bal­lots. This will be the first time that over­seas Pakistanis will cast their votes in the by-polls.

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