The Election Commission in Sindh finalised and put out the list of candidates for by-election for PS-53 Tando Mohammad Khan seat on Thursday.
It was initially won by Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Waheeda Shah Bukhari but after she was disqualified for slapping a polling staff, the PPP nominated her relative Aijaz Shah Bukhari.
The Tando Mohammad Khan seat was originally declared vacant after its occupant, PPP MPA Mohsin Shah Bukhari died. PPP then nominated his widow Waheeda Shah. The Election Commission of Pakistan banned her from contesting public office for two years, however, and nullified the results of the by-poll after she was caught on video assaulting a polling staff.
The new PPP nominee, Aijaz Shah Bukhari, is a first cousin of Mohsin Shah. He served as the opposition leader in Tando Muhammd Khan’s district council when former president Pervez Musharraf was in power, and he currently works as the district vice-president of the party.
“Waheeda Shah has challenged her eligibility in court. But the party leadership has allotted the seat to me,” said Aijaz. A total of 20 candidates will contest the by-election, which will take place on April 26.
None of the mainstream political parties, except for PPP, have fielded their candidates for this election and a majority of the contesting candidates are running independently. According to sources, the main contenders for the PS-53 seat are Aijaz Shah and Shaukat Talpur, the brother of Mushtaque Talpur. Mustaque was defeated by Waheeda Shah.
Sindh Election Commissioner Sono Khan Baloch said that the election commission was considering setting up CCTV cameras at polling stations, because of the sensitivity of the case.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2012.
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PPP = Pakistan Feudal Party
Bilawal Bhutto can speak up for issues ranging from women's rights to civil rights for minorities but there is no way he'll utter a word against the feudals that are destroying this country and destroy many poor peoples lives. He too is amongst their ranks.
This time our PPP feudals just assault the innocent citizens, it will not be long before they start getting away with much more.
The same old feudal & family politics. Waheeda Shah was awarded the ticket after the demise of her husband. Now after her disqualification one of her relatives is being nominated. Is there no real 'JIYALA WORKER' in PPP worthy of taking part in this by-election?