Sindh Election Commissioner Aijaz Anwar Chauhan told media persons on Sunday that the police and Sindh Rangers have finalised the security arrangements for PS-88 by-poll in Malir, scheduled to take place tomorrow (Tuesday).
He said this after chairing a meeting called in connection with the by-poll. District returning officer Nadeem Haider, district administration officials and police and Rangers personnel attended the meeting.
According to Haider, 33 polling stations in the constituency have been declared sensitive and 36 highly sensitive.
He said as part of the security arrangements, an emergency had been declared at all hospitals in the district.
The polling material for the by-election will be distributed today (Monday).
As many as 20 candidates from different parties are competing for the PS-88 seat, which was vacated after the demise of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Ghulam Murtaza Baloch.
The contesting candidates include PPP's Muhammad Yousuf Baloch, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Jansher Junejo, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's Sajid Ahmed and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan's Syed Kashif Ali. Jameela Bano, Rana Khursheed, Rehman Dino Mahesar, Rehan Mansoor, Zainul Abideen, Syed Abul Hassan, Syed Ata Muhammad, Shezan, Asim Iqbal, Abdul Waheed Baloch, Mansoor Khan, Manzoor Hussain Wassan, Nazim Jamal Khan Afridi, Yasir Ali Junejo, Abu Bakr Memon and Arshad Ali are contesting in the by-poll as idependent candidates.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 148,465 individuals have been registered to cast votes during the by-poll. Of them, 83,315 are males and 65,150 are females.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2021.
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