PA by-election in Swat today – Newspaper

SWAT: By-elections for the PK-7 provincial assembly seat are due to take place in Kabal tehsil here today (Sunday) with residents expecting a stiff competition between the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the opposition Party National Awami (ANP).

The post had become vacant following the death of ANP MPA Waqar Ahmad Khan from cardiac arrest on April 30.

Haji Fazal Maula of the PTI, Hussain Ahmad Khan of the PNA, Daulat Khan of the Tehreek-i-Inqilab Political Movement and the independent Mohammad Ali Shah are in the running.

The main political parties, except the PTI, had decided not to contest the elections citing as a reason the sacrifices of the family of the deceased during the 2007-2009 Swat insurgency.

PK-7 is the home constituency of PTI central leader and former Communications Minister Murad Saeed. The ANP has already complained about the “active campaign” of the provincial ministers for the PTI candidate.

According to the Pakistan Election Commission, the constituency has 183,308 registered voters, including 102,088 men and 81,220 women. Voting will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

A total of 124 polling stations have been set up for the by-election. Of these, 41 have been declared sensitive and 12 sensitive.

The ECP has already assigned magisterial powers to all the presidents for inside the polling stations and to the officer in charge of the Rapid Response Unit of the Border Corps for outside the polling stations for some crimes related to the elections.

Provincial Electoral Commissioner Mohammad Fareed Afridi said all arrangements had been made, especially those related to security, to ensure that voters, especially women, vote without fear.

He said this while chairing a meeting at the Regional Election Commissioner’s Office, where Director (Elections) Khushalzada Khan, Regional Election Commissioner Mohammad Naeem Khan, District Teller Fareedullah Khattak, Teller Mohammad Arif, Swat Deputy Commissioner Junaid Khan , SP (operations) Arshid Khan, District Monitoring Officer Imran Khan and other officials attended.

The PEC asked officials to remain neutral during the electoral exercise to guarantee transparency and impartiality. He also visited the electoral material distribution center.

Meanwhile, the polling staff received the electoral material and went to their respective polling stations together with the security personnel.

The PEC has installed a cell in its facilities to receive complaints about the voting, being its deputy director (elections) Kashif Abbas Malik.

Posted on Dawn, June 26, 2022

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