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Friday, May 17, 2024

Preparations underway for by-elections in Pakistan

With 174 candidates in Punjab and 49 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, competition is notably fierce. The voter turnout is expected to be significant, with millions registered in Punjab and over a million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Preparations for the upcoming by-elections scheduled for April 21 seem thorough and comprehensive. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) appears to have finalized all necessary arrangements, including the printing of over 6.23 million white ballot papers for both national and provincial assemblies.

With 174 candidates in Punjab and 49 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, competition is notably fierce. The voter turnout is expected to be significant, with millions registered in Punjab and over a million in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The allocation of polling stations seems well-distributed, ensuring accessibility for voters across different regions.

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In Sindh, NA-196 is poised to witness a competitive race with 4.239 million eligible voters and five candidates contending. Similarly, in Balochistan, despite a smaller number of voters, preparations seem adequate with 125 polling stations established across two constituencies.

To address any potential issues, control rooms will be set up, and the installation of CCT cameras at sensitive polling stations will provide additional security and oversight.

Lastly, the news of Asifa Bhutto and Zubair Junejo being elected unopposed adds an interesting element to the political landscape, highlighting both the certainty and unpredictability of electoral processes.

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