Peshawar (October 25, 2017): All the election campaigns, carried out by different political parties and independent candidates in NA-4 Peshawar constituency, concluded on Tuesday midnight.
Polling will be held in the constituency on October 26. In light of the upcoming by-election, the constituency’s roads and intersections are adorned with posters, panaflex banners and campaign material.
According to a statement by the Peshawar deputy commissioner on Monday, the polling day, Oct 26, will be a holiday for the convenience of the voters.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), for the first time in the country, will be using electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the by-election. As many as 269 polling stations would be established for the by-poll. Of them, the EVMs would be used in over 100 polling booths of 35 polling stations in both urban and rural areas of the constituency.
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Around 47,255 voters are expected to cast their votes through the EVMs along with the manual voting process. There are a total of 397,904 registered voters in the constituency, of which 235,164 are male and 162,740 female.The seat fell vacant after PTI’s then MNA Gulzar Khan passed away on August 28 this year. In the 2013 polls, the PTI candidate had secured 55,134 votes while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Nasir Musazi had obtained 20,412 votes. Moreover, Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Sabir Awan had garnered 16,493 votes while Awami National Party’s (ANP) candidate Arbab Ayub Jan had received 15,795 votes. While Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) candidate, Arbab Kamal, had secured 12,519 votes followed by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate, Misbahud¬din, who got over 12,000 votes in the election.
In total, 15 candidates are vying for the MNA slot, with six from political parties and nine independents. The PTI is fielding Arbab Amir Ayub; the PPP Asad Gulzar, late incumbent Gulzar Khan’s son; the ANP Khushdil Khan, former deputy speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and the JI, Wisal Farooq.
At present, the PML-N has again given the ticket to last time’s runner-up, Musazai, who is being supported by the JUI-F and the Qaumi Watan Party.