KARACHI / ISLAMABAD: The provincial election commissions formally announced that by-polls will be held on February 18 for six provincial assembly seats in Sindh and one in Punjab.
The seats in Sindh are currently vacant because of the dual nationality issue while the seat in Punjab is vacant after the death of Sardar Muhammad Khan Khichi.
According to a schedule issued by Karachi commission, January 21 has been fixed last date to submit nomination papers. Six MPAs, including four ministers, resigned on December 1: Murad Ali Shah (PPP), Sadiq Memon (PPP), Raza Haroon (MQM), Mohammad Ali Shah (MQM), Askari Taqvi (MQM), and Abdul Moiz Siddiqui (MQM). These will be the last by-polls to take place before the general elections.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2013.