Quetta (December 07, 2018): Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) member Abdul Rasheed won the by-election on Balochistan Assembly seat PB-47, Kech-III, held on Friday, according to unverified and unofficial results.
Rasheed secured 7,088 votes, defeating Balochistan National Party-Mengal’s Jameel Dashti, who got 5,758 votes.
National Party’s Fida Hussain Dashti was at third place with 3,055 votes.
As many as 12 candidates contested the by-polls for PB-47 (Kech-III). Of the total of 56,472 voters registered in the area, 17,422 persons — 8,698 males and 8,724 females — voted in the by-election.
The seat had fallen vacant after the ECP declared the result of July 25 election null and void after opponents challenged the election of winner Mir Rauf Rind of the BAP, who is a dual national.BNP President Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal, former chief minister and NP President Dr Malik Baloch, BAP’s Zahoor Buledi, and federal minister Zubaida Jalal had led the election campaigns for their respective candidates in Turbat and Kech.
Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had declared all 60 polling stations extremely sensitive and had deployments of Levies force and Frontier Corps personnel.
A public holiday was also declared in Kech district by the provincial government.
During the 2018 general election, BAP’s Abdul Rauf Rind had emerged as the successful candidate on the seat. However, ECP had declared the election null and void as Rind was found to be a dual national.