PESHAWAR (Dunya News) – Polling for National Assembly constituency NA-4 by-election in Peshawar underway on Thursday.
The polling started at 8:00am and will continue till 5:00pm without any interval. At least 14 candidates are in the run for the seat. Of them, five belong to political parties and nine are independents.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Gulzar Khan who had won this seat in 2013 general election by securing 55,134 votes. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate had secured 20,412 votes and remained second.
A tight contest is expected in the by-election in the constituency. PTI has fielded Arbab Amir Ayub while Nasir Khan is PML-N candidate. Pakistan People’s Party’s Asad Gulzar and Awami National Party’s Khush Dil Khan are also in the run.
There are 352,445 registered voters in the constituency out of which 207,943 are male and 144,502 are female voters who will exercise their right of vote.
Election Commission has setup total 269 polling stations among which 88 have been declared sensitive whereas 181 as highly sensitive.
The area has been divided into seven zones where more than 7000 police and FC personnel have been deployed. Pakistan Army will also monitor the procedure while being on duty inside and outside the polling stations.
Atleast 150 polling stations have been formed for men, 110 for women and nine for both. Moreover; female police personnel stationed at women polling stations have been provided special training.