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Monday June 17, 2024

Multan NA-148 by-poll: PPP's candidate leads against PTI-SIC candidate

PTI-SIC leader Barrister Taimur Altaf Malik and PPP's Ali Qasim Gillani leading candidates contesting for seat

By Imran Chaudhry & Nausheen Yusuf
May 19, 2024
A woman casts her vote at a polling station during by-election in NA-148, Multan, May 19, 2024. — APP
A woman casts her vote at a polling station during by-election in NA-148, Multan, May 19, 2024. — APP

MULTAN: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Syed Ali Qasim Gillani took the lead in Multan's NA-148 by-election by securing 78,270 votes, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results of 250 polling stations out of total 275.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) candidate Taimur Altaf Malik has received 47,793 votes so far.

Polling commenced at 8am and continued without a break till 5pm. As per the district administration and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), all the arrangements had been made in a bid to ensure transparent election.

The election commission apprised that 275 polling stations, including 69 sensitive stations, were established to facilitate the total number of voters in Multan-I, which is 444,231.

The ECP Punjab spokesperson said foolproof security arrangements had been made at polling stations while surveillance cameras and walk-through gates have also been installed at the sensitive polling stations.

Eight candidates including the SIC leader Barrister Taimur Altaf Malik and PPP's Ali Qasim Gillani are contesting for the slot. 

The National Assembly seat had fallen vacant after election of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani as a senator. In a neck and neck competition with Malik, Gillani had won the seat in general elections 2024.

Meanwhile, the ECP spokesperson said an Election Monitoring and Control Centre had been established for public’s facilitation, where they could register their complaints regarding the ongoing polling.

“Immediate action will be taken for timely resolution of the complaint. Trained staff has been posted at the centre. The control centres have been set up at four levels for quick registration and addressal of people’s complaints,” the spokesperson said.

The ECP official said the EMCC had been established at the ECP Secretariat in Islamabad as well as provincial, divisional and district levels.