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Pak expats cast vote online in by-elections
By Tariq Butt October 15, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Polling for by-election to eleven national and twenty-four provincial seats was held on Sunday in various parts of Pakistan.

Overseas Pakistanis cast their votes through i-voting for the first time. There are total of 7,364 overseas Pakistani expatriates registered as voters in these constituencies.

At least one person died in election-related road accidents. He was killed when the vehicle carrying polling staff flipped over in Khuzdar.

Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ilyas Kabzai, local administration and rescue services reached the accident site.

Prime Minister Imran Khan cast his vote in NA-53 Islamabad. He arrived at the polling station amid tight security.

As a whole, strict security arrangements were made in the constituencies where the by-polls were held.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Justice (retd) Sardar Raza visited the Complaint Centre that has been set up to monitor the polling process.

Result Transmission System (RTS), which was questioned by the political parties after July 25 general elections, has been made functional.

The failure of RTS had generated a massive criticism from different segments of the society. It is now to be probed by a parliamentary panel to see what kind of rigging was committed.

A total of 370 candidates were in the electoral arena. As many as 661 candidates filed nomination papers, of whom, 271 either withdrew or retired, whereas the papers of 16 were rejected and hence nominations of 645 were validly accepted. However, almost half of them have bowed out from the poll process.

Meanwhile, the ECP notified the PTI nominee Ahmad Khan as returned (unopposed) candidate from PP-87, Mianwali.

Pak Sarzameen Party chief Mustafa Kamal while speaking to reporters in Karachi’s NA-243 constituency urged voters to “leave their beds, get out of their homes” and cast their ballots in the by-polls.

Fierce contests took place in Lahore and some other constituencies. The main contest in Punjab is between the PTI and PML-N candidates.

Prolonged load-shedding continued in different parts of Karachi during by-election due to which people going to cast their vote were facing difficulties.

Citizens demanded that facilities should be provided at least on the day of election, so that the voting process could continue smoothly.

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