By-polls on four vacant national, provincial seats in Punjab, KP today

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By-elections are being held today (Friday) on four vacant national and provincial assembly seats. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, polling will continue till 5pm without any break.

Polling is being done for: NA-75, Sialkot-IV Daska, PP-51 Gujranwala I, NA-45 Kurram I and PK-63 Nowshera III. The seats fell vacant due to the death of the former lawmakers.

Election Commission of Pakistan has put in place all arrangements to hold by-elections on Friday (today) on National Assembly and provincial assembly seats in Kurram tribal district and Nowshera. The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf will face its political foes — Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz — in both the constituencies. The by-polls will be held in National Assembly constituency NA-45 in Kurram tribal district and provincial assembly constituency PK-63 in Nowshera. Police and Levies backed by Frontier Corps have been deployed outside polling station in Kurram tribal district while police would ensure security at polling stations in Nowshera. Dozens of polling stations have been declared sensitive in both the constituencies.

Officials said that 27 candidates were contesting by-election in NA-45. JUI-F has allotted ticket to Malik Jamil Khan to retain its seat. Pakistan Peoples Party has withdrawn its candidate in favour of Malik Jamil. PTI has allotted ticket to Malik Fakhar Zaman, who had contested general elections as independent candidate. Sources said that tough contest was expected between Malik Jamil of JUI-F, Fakhar Zaman of PTI, Nauroz Khan of Awami National Party and an independent candidate Said Jamal.

Said Jamal was PTI candidate and was declared runner-up in the 2018 general elections by getting 13,495 votes. He obtained PTI ticket for the by-elections. The NA-45 constituency consisting of parts of central and lower Kurram region has 180,941 voters including 77,490 women.

In Nowshera, 102 polling stations have been set up for by-elections in PK-63 and ECP has dispatched election material to the polling stations.

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