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May 20, 2013

Arif Alvi wins NA-250 for PTI

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May 20, 2013

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Arif Alvi won the NA-250 seat after repolling in 43 polling stations on Sunday. According to unofficial results, Alvi secured more than 77,000 votes against about 30,000 of Khushbakht Shujaat of the MQM, which had boycotted the repolling.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Khuram Sher Zaman and Samar Ali Khan of PTI also won their respective provincial seats. They were earlier leading in re-polling at 10 polling stations of PS-112 and 33 of PS-113 respectively here on Sunday amid low voter turnout. The re-polling started at 8:00 am and ended at 5:00pm without any break.
The results of seven polling stations of PS-112 showed that PTI candidate Khuram Sher Zaman secured 2,581 votes and remained first, while Awami National Party (ANP) leader Khalid Iqbal got 177 votes.
The result of 20 polling stations of PS-113 showed that PTI candidate Samar Ali Khan had secured 9,759 votes and remained first, while the PML-N contestant Saleem Zia obtained 2,165 votes and stood second.
The turnout at the polling stations located in the strongholds of those parties which boycotted the selective re-polling remained very low, however, it remained better in other areas of NA-250, PS-112 and PS-113. Police, Rangers, and military personnel were deployed at the polling stations to provide security to voters and the Election Commission of Pakistan staff.
They also carried out patrolling in NA-250, PS-112 and 113 constituencies to avoid any untoward incident. Earlier, late on Saturday night, Senior Vice President of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Sindh Zahra Shahid Hussain was shot dead near her house in DHA Phase IV.
Earlier, polling was not held in these stations as per schedule on May 11 due to absence of presiding officers and election staff.Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) had boycotted the re-polling after the ECP rejected their demands of holding

re-election in the entire constituency.
According to ECP sources, the re-polling was held in following areas belonging to NA-250: Safia Secondary Boys School, Arambagh Pakistan Chowk, GBSS Railway Colony, GBSSMUM School Ghari Khata KHI, Islamia College Public Secondary School Hijrat Colony Street 48, Jamshed Ahmed Khan Lower Secondary School, CDGK 56 Tekri Colony Bath Island, Ali Public Elementary School Street No 7 Barr Islam Rati Line, College of Accounting Management Science Allama Sibli Nomani 58, College of Accounting Management Science Allama Sibli Nomani 60, Iqra Rauzatful Atfal Trust School Bath Island, Hampton Secondary School Clifton Block I, Aisha Bawani Government School (97), Aisha Bawani Government School (98), Aisha Bawani Government School 100, Aisha Bawani Government School (101), KMC Primary School No. (62-63), Hazara Colony Kalapul, Railway Secondary School, GBSS Qamarul Islam Punjab Colony 104, GBSS Qamarul Islam Punjab Colony 110, Ismaeil Allah Wala Secondary School Delhi Colony 113, Ismael Allah Wala Secondary School Delhi Colony 114, DHA Tooba High School Phase I Tooba Masjid Phase II, Amina Girls Secondary School Delhi Colony Street No 7, Zaheen Academy Block 9 Kehkashan Clifton, Bayview Junior School Block No 9 near International Islamic Chamber, ABSA School of Deaf and Dumb Children Phase II Extension Main Korangi Road, Defence Model School Phase V (135), Defence Model School Phase V (136), Defence Model School Phase IV (137), Defence Model School Phase V (139), DHA Boys School Phase VII (140), DHA Boys School Phase VII (141), DHA Boys School Phase VII (142), DHA Boys School Phase VII (143), DHA Boys School Phase VII (144), DHA Model High School Phase- VII Khayaban-e- Hilal, DA Model School O & A Levels KHE-E-Mujahid, DA Middle School Phase VIII KHE-E-Shjaat, DHA Girls School Phase 8, Government Rizwan Primary School B-Area Qayyum Abad combined, Baldia Primary Lower Secondary School A Area Qayyum Abad combined (177), Baldia Primary Lower Secondary School A Area Qayyum Abad combined (179) and Baldia Primary Lower Secondary School A Area Qayyum Abad combined (180). – PPI
Our correspondents add: As Rangers and policemen guarded each polling station and soldiers took positions inside, something was amiss. Amid foolproof security, every person whether reporter or polling staff was checked thoroughly before being allowed to enter.
At many of the 43 polling stations, the number of law enforcers alone outweighed the number of voters. By Sunday afternoon, the voters’ turnout was low despite the strict security measures in place. The buzz of the general elections was obviously missing.
About 86,316 voters were expected to cast their votes but the turnout was a fraction of the results. Of the total of 182 polling stations in the NA-250 constituency, re-elections were held in 43.
Whether it was the boycott of the mainstream political parties or the fear of worsening law and order, not more than 45 percent people, according to unofficial figures, came out to vote for the re-elections on NA-250 and its corresponding provincial seats, PS-112 and PS-113. The voting process, however, concluded without any unpleasant happenings at any polling station.