MQM candidate wins in close race as re-polling in PS-128 ends

Published: June 8, 2013
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Polling could not be held in six polling stations of PS-128 on May 11 due to a bomb explosion. PHOTO: AFP

Polling could not be held in six polling stations of PS-128 on May 11 due to a bomb explosion. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Unofficial results from re-polling at six polling stations of PS-128 Karachi constituency showed that the Muttahida Qaumi Movment (MQM) candidate Syed Waqar Hussain Shah edged into pole position with a difference of just 202 votes, Express News reported on Saturday.

Shah secured 23,827 votes, while his opponent, Muttahida Deeni Mahaz’s Aurangzeb Farooqui secured 23,625 votes. The turnout was 45.32 per cent.

Polling could not be held in six polling stations on the day of the general elections 2013 due to a bomb blast. On election candidates’ request the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had decided to hold re-polling at the respective polling stations of the constituency.

Re-polling in the constituency was supervised by the army and police and ranger personnel were also deployed.

There are total 72 polling stations the constituency

Polling started at 8am and continued till 5pm without break though there was a dismal turnout for the re-polling.

The officials of election commission claimed to have recorded good turnout in the polls, but ground realities seemed otherwise.  “Around 50 to 55 per cent turn out has been witnessed in the election, which were held in peaceful manner,” provincial election commission SM Tariq Qadri said.

But according to one of the presiding officers, the turnout was low. “Out of 9547 votes registered in the six polling stations only 3000 votes have been polled to both the candidates. This shows record low turnout.”

“It looked curfew like situation in Rizia Market, Dawood Chali, Tauheedabad area in the constituency where police, Rangers and paramilitary forces did not allow people to gather in groups and sit in the streets,” Hameeduallah Khan, resident of the area said.

A 13-member team of the ECP is performing its duties at all the stations.

The real competition in PS-128 is between Muttahida Qaumi Movement candidate Syed Waqar Hussain Shah and Muttahida Deeni Mahaz’s Aurangzeb Farooqui.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Baffled
    Jun 8, 2013 - 2:22PM

    PTI boycotted .They demanded that polling should be carried out in all the polling stations and not in 6 only .How ironic ! MQM was demanding the same for NA250 .
    PTI and its ally JI were adamant

    Hypocrites !!!

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  • saeed
    Jun 8, 2013 - 3:38PM

    Dear Baffled..you are really baffled as PTI is still saying to hold elections all over Karachi again including our winning seats of PS and NA..our demand from day one is to hold elections again all over Karachi..hypocrites are those who want reelection in NA 250 but not in whole Karachi..

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  • Uza Syed
    Jun 8, 2013 - 4:16PM

    PTI and its “boycott”! Isn’t it something? What a joke, a silly one at that, a party that is not able to keep its most senior members from feuding among themselves wishes to be accepted as a serious party of any political consequence. They should concentrate on shutting the mouths of their insiders, who are, bent upon bringing the ugly side of PTI out. I can hardly pretend that I’m not glad to see their own folks dragging the bundles of PTI dirty linen out in public for all those stains to be washed. Wow, party has just begun and sure promises great fun as this is going to be party to celebrate the beginning if their end.

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  • zaki
    Jun 8, 2013 - 7:34PM

    @saeed: Dear you live in fools paradize? Why in elections in whole Karachi and why not in KP, where in PTIs Asad Qaiser’s constutency witnessed 200 perecnt voting. ” Wah bhai Wah: MEETHA MEETHA HAP HAP. KRWA KARWA THOO THOO”. PTI hypocrates! ZAKIRecommend

  • Arain
    Jun 8, 2013 - 7:41PM

    Baffled is Clearly baffled. JI even didnt contest in NA 250 elections cuz they wanted re election in the WHOLE city.Recommend

  • truth is always bitter
    Jun 8, 2013 - 8:27PM

    PTI boycotted to give full support to their militant brethren against one of the few secular/liberal political parties in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jun 8, 2013 - 8:51PM

    PTI boycotted because they know that they cant win from there, MQM is totally a crap seriously, rigging is their duty in every election but this re-polling is under the control of Army and pti has leaved the battle so clearly MQM is the winner.Recommend

  • faraz faridi
    Jun 8, 2013 - 11:17PM

    i thing now the clear situation had admitted from the whole country that . under the army apprance in PS 128 although there are mix population but MQM won the contest . now what? all the bundle of lies are been rejected which was reased from the parties.i.e ji.pti,anp,and ten parties alliences they were supported to orangzeeb .but he lost .? it is true although you admitted or not. MQM is the measure party of Karachi. so pls leave the karachi issue .karachities give all support to MQM. so why all the parites claiming to dominate the city. pls be rest. thanksRecommend

  • Cheeko Beeko
    Jun 8, 2013 - 11:27PM

    MQM is born to win from Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur.

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  • Mazhar
    Jun 9, 2013 - 12:27AM

    Karachi has rejected religious extremism and sectarian division.

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  • Asif
    Jun 9, 2013 - 1:06AM

    I am confuse if PS-128 election could not be held in 6 polling station why its related there is no election in connected NA seat.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jun 9, 2013 - 1:35AM

    @Mazhar:
    “Karachi has rejected religious extremism and sectarian division.”

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    PTI is a religious party. This instance is difficult for the party to abandon. Both Old and New Sindhis do not claim to be Warrior Folk. It would be an anomaly to expect many votes in the southern regions of the country, with such a party profile.

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  • Alizay Khan
    Jun 9, 2013 - 2:15AM

    So under military’s control today in those 6 polling stations, MQM candidate got 350 votes and the opponent guy got 2688. But still the opponent lost because all the other previous stations results were based on may11 voting (which was total chaos as all of you know). Go figure!

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  • Kanwal
    Jun 9, 2013 - 3:18AM

    Uza syed has probably forgotten the haqparast episode.

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