Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Khalid Khan Magsi widened his lead over PTI rival Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind by 11,000 votes in Thursday’s by-polls for the Jhal Magsi constituency of NA-267, according to unofficial results.
Magsi racked up 27,392 votes against PTI Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind’s 16,262 votes, according to the votes counted in 120 of the total 165 polling stations.
In compliance with the Supreme Court’s order, polling was held in the presence of the Pakistan Army personnel, police and paramilitary forces. Polling began at 8am and continued until 5pm.
The presence of around 5,000 law enforcement agencies ensured that no untoward incident took place during the day. However, the media representatives were not allowed to enter the polling stations despite having special cards.
The counting of votes started after 5pm. Earlier results obtained from 75 polling stations out of 165 showed that PML-N candidate Khalid Khan Magsi was ahead by over 3,700 votes. The earlier count showed PTI candidate Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind with 9,886 votes and Khalid Magsi polling 13,583 votes.
Magsi was well ahead from Jhal Magsi, Gandawa, Mach, and Mithidi polling stations, while the PTI candidate was leading from Dhadar polling stations.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2016.
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