KURRAM: Vote for filling a vacancy of National Assembly, NA-45, in The tribal district of Kurram was held in relaxed atmosphere amid low turnout of voters, especially in remote parts of constituency.
BUT total of 16 candidates were in in run including former prime minister and chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and Pakistan Democracy Movement-backed candidate of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl Jamil Khan.
The seat became vacant after the Speaker of the National Assembly resigned. of then MNA Fakhar Zaman Khan of PTI.
Poll turnout reportedly remained low. in remote areas of ON-45. Participation of women there were very few voters. However, hurry of voters were witnessed at several polling stations in Sadda and Alizai districts.
Elections were held for third time on seat in the National Assembly
A little of voters said turnout remained low since it was the third election in constituency. They said the seat won JUI-F Candidate Munir Khan Orakzai in 2018 general elections. After his death, a by-election was held in February 2021, which were won Fahar Zaman Khan, who later resigned on order of PTI leadership.
Mujtaba Hussain and Inayat Hussain, two voters, said that people were the least interested in elections as parliamentarians failed initiate any development project in constituency. Election Committee of Pakistan announced 119 of in total 143 most sensitive polling stations and the remaining 24 sensitive ones.
Polling stations included 26 each exclusively designated for male and female voters, while 91 precincts were merged. Similar total of 359 voting booths installed, including 190 for man and 169 for female voters.
Police, recruits and paramilitaries were deployed to the polling stations. There were no reports of any untoward incidents at any polling station. BUT total of 198,618 voters, including 111,349 men and 87 269 women exercised their right to vote.
Voting began at 8:00 am and continued until 5:00 pm under heightened security measures. with voters present at polling stations during closure who are allowed to vote vote.
District police officer Arbab Shafiullah Khan said the voting process remained peaceful.
in Peshawar Electoral Commission of Umer Secretary of Pakistan Hamid Khan visits provincial control room set up for observation of the voting process. The Commissioner for Elections of Shamshad Khan Province was also be present there. The control room was set up under supervision of deputy director of ECP, Kashif Abbas Malik.
Died Hamid Khan said no message of any adverse incident was received in the control room. He said that the electoral process ended peacefully.
He said that the provincial election commissioner, district commissioner, return commissioner, provincial administration and personnel of police, Pakistani army and frontier corps played an important role role in holding a peaceful vote.
In addition, the Inspector General of Moazam Jah Ansari Police also visited office of provincial electoral commissioner and held a meeting with he and ekp secretary. He briefed them on security measures. made for voting process.
Our correspondent adds from Kohat: the candidates expressed their satisfaction over voting process and security measures made for polls.
According to a press release, Commissioner Mehmood Aslam and DIG Shafiullah Gandapur held a meeting with candidates for office of Deputy Commissioner Visal Khan.
They were given detailed instructions on how to vote. They are also visited the command and control tower, accompanied by the election headquarters and military officials.
They called on candidates and political workers to strictly observe the code of behavior issued by ECP for transparent survey. They asked them to cooperate with polling stations and security forces.
Published in Dawn, October 31, 2022