LIVE: Polling in NA-4 by-election ends, results underway
The process of polling in NA-4 by-poll has ended as the returning officer and other staff of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started counting votes to see which political party triumphed.
Live updates from NA-4 by-elections
269/269 Polling Stations Results
|Party||Flag||Candidate||No of votes|
|Independent||Dr. Shafiq Amini||8583|
All major political parties including PML-N, PPP, PTI, ANP and others are competing in the by-poll and have flexed their muscle to clinch the constituency before the 2018 general elections. Voting began in the morning at 8am and ended in the evening at 5pm.
Electronic voting machines were used in as many as 35 polling stations. It is the first time that the technology has been used. A large number of women within the Peshawar constituency have also cast votes in favour of their desired leaders.
A tight contest is expected in the by-election in the constituency. PTI has fielded Arbab Amir Ayub while Nasir Khan is PML-N candidate. Pakistan People’s Party’s Asad Gulzar and Awami National Party’s Khush Dil Khan are also in the run.
Both the workers from PML-N and PTI came head to head in numerous occasions and chanted slogans in support of their party leaders. A few incidents of physical confrontation occurred. Party workers assaulted on another in Gulshan Rehman Colony. PPP MPA Nighat Orakzai entered the polling station holding AK-47 and shocked everyone around.
To counter such incidents, a high-level security plan was devised for the by-poll. ECP had called in Pakistan Army soldiers to strengthen the security within and outside the polling booths. CCTV cameras had also been installed at various stations.
ECP had setup a total of 269 booths in which 88 were declared sensitive whereas 181 as highly sensitive. The area has been divided into seven zones where more than 7000 police and FC personnel have been deployed. Pakistan Army will also monitor the procedure while being on duty inside and outside the polling stations.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IG Salehuddin Mehsood visited several polling booths in the city and overviewed operations. Talking to media, he told that ten suspects were taken into custody from within the constituency. On the other hand, Zangli area residents in UC-56 boycotted the NA-4 poll saying there is no electricity, water or gas for their homes. They expressed their disassociation with the by-election while calling all politicians unfaithful.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Gulzar Khan who had won this seat in 2013 general election by securing 55,134 votes. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate had secured 20,412 votes and remained second.
According to details, there are 352,445 registered voters in the constituency out of which 207,943 are male and 144,502 are female voters. Under ECP guidelines, media outlets remained restricted to announce the result after 6pm.