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  • NA-249 by-election at this time in Karachi, polling has began.
  • Polling will proceed until 5pm.
  • The Election Fee of Pakistan has deployed particular employees for strict implementation of coronavirus pointers so long as the polling course of continues.

KARACHI: Balloting for the by-election within the NA-249 constituency began at 8am and can proceed until 5pm with none interval. The Nationwide Meeting seat fell vacant after PTI’s Faisal Vawda resigned.

The Sindh authorities has introduced a public vacation at this time (Thursday, April 29) to facilitate voters. 

The Election Fee of Pakistan has deployed particular employees for strict implementation of coronavirus pointers so long as the polling course of continues.

NA 249 by-election: Here is what you want to know concerning the constituency

There are 30 candidates within the electoral area, together with PML-N’s Miftah Ismail, PTI’s Amjad Afridi, PPP’S Qadir Khan Mandokhel, Karachi’s former mayor Mustafa Kamal and MQM’s Hafiz Mursaleen, apart from 18 impartial candidates.

There are over 339,000 registered voters in NA-249, together with 201,656 male and 137,935 feminine voters, who’re casting their votes on 276 polling stations. The ECP has declared 184 polling stations extremely delicate and 92 others delicate. The CCTV cameras have been put in at extremely delicate polling stations.

Some well-known areas within the constituency embody Delhi Colony, Mujahid Colony, Baldia, and Saeedabad, whereas the distinguished ethnic teams on this working-class neighbourhood comprise Urdu-speaking folks, Pashtuns, Kashmiris, and the Seraiki-speaking lot. 

A quick political historical past of NA-249

Prime Minister Imran Khan selected this constituency to contest elections for the primary time in Pakistan within the yr 1997.

He might solely safe 2,037 votes from the realm which, at the moment, was named NA-184.

Since 2008 the constituency has elected a special political celebration to energy in each common ballot. In 2008, PPP’s Abdul Qadir Patel gained with over 56,000 votes.

Learn extra: Karachi’s NA-249 voters divided over Faisal Vawda’s efficiency, polls present

In 2013, MQM’s Muhammad Salman Baloch clinched victory with 39,000 votes, whereas in 2018, Muhammad Faisal Vawda bagged the constituency with over 35,000 votes.

Curiously, Shehbaz Sharif, the previous chief minister of Punjab, who was contesting polls for the primary time in Karachi, misplaced to Vawda with solely 723 votes.

A candidate of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, which has now been banned by the federal government, ranked third in 2018 elections, with 23,981 votes.

Why does NA-249 matter?

After the Daska by-election, NA-249 shall be essential for each the PML-N and PTI to win.

For Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was additionally among the many 14 MNAs who gained from Karachi, the final notion about PTI in Karachi is that its elected representatives haven’t carried out properly.

Only for the file Khan first contested from Burns Highway in Karachi 1997, a few yr after his celebration was launched.

Electorally, Karachi, a metropolis of over 16 million, doesn’t belong to anybody political celebration, ethnicity or group anymore. NA-249 could also be an essential contest, however the true political battle shall be within the but to be held native physique’s elections.

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