Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) retained the PS-94 seat from its collation partners at the Centre, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with a huge margin in the by-election held in Karachi on Sunday.
According to unofficial results, MQM-P's candidate Syed Hashim Raza secured 21.537 votes while his closest competitor Muhammad Ashraf Jabbar of PTI managed to grab 8,970, Express News reported.
Scenes at @MQMPKOfficial election office in #Landhi as results from different polling stations are depicting that #PS94Belongs2MQM pic.twitter.com/gJ2Y0ziPTh— Faisal Subzwari (@faisalsubzwari) January 27, 2019
The polling for the by-election in Karachi's Landhi and Korangi areas ended at 5pm.
The seat had fallen vacant after the death of MQM-Pakistan MPA Muhammad Wajahat.
The number of total registered voters in the constituency is around 246,449, out of which 136,808 are male voters, while 109,641 are female voters.
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A total of 16 candidates contested the by-election, including Jabbar, Raza, Javed Sheikh of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Muhammad Irfan Waheed of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) and Muhammad Aslam Pervez Abbasi of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).
The provincial government had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure the poll was conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) established 149 polling stations and 596 polling booths for the by-election.
MQM-P member Muhammad Wajahat (late) won this seat with 32,729 votes in the general elections of 2018. His opponents, Muhammad Shoaib from Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) acquired 14,030 votes, Fareedullah from PTI got 13,640 votes, Arif Azam from Muhajir Qaumi Movement bagged 10,828 votes, Muhammad Aslam Pervez Abbasi from MMA obtained 7,614 votes, Muhammad Irfan from PSP got 4,187 votes and Gul-e-Rana from PPP got 2,458 votes.
There were 1,300 police officials deployed for the by-election process. Additionally, Rangers’ personnel were also present at polling stations across the constituency.
More than 2,000 polling staff were deputed for the by-election. The constituency comprises several areas of Landhi sub-division which include Christian Colony, Khizer Abad, Sarfaraz Colony, Bhutto Nagar, Area 37-B, Jam Nagar, Katchi Abadi, Bahadur Yar Jang Colony, Khurram Abad, Landhi No. 2, 5 and 6, Khuwaja Ajmer, Usmania Colony, Shah Khalid Colony, Burmi Colony, Sharif Colony, Korangi 35-B, Korangi 36-C Area, Korangi No. 6 and others.
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