Quetta (July 15, 2017): Polling for NA-260 (Quetta-Chagai-Nushki) by-election has started which will continue till 5:00 pm without any break.
Strict security arrangements have been made for the polling. Some 460,202 voters would use their right to franchise.
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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made all the arrangements for the by-election.
The seat had fallen vacant due to the death of PkMAP’s Abdul Rahinm Mandokhail.
The NA-260, comprising areas of three districts – Quetta, Chagai and Noshki, is one of the largest constituencies in Pakistan.
Some 17 candidates, including nine independents, are taking part in the by-election.
Although a tough contest is expected between PkMAP contestant Jamal Khan Tarakai and JUI-F’s Muhamad Usman Badini, the candidates of Balochistan National Party-Mengal and PPP are also in a fighting position.
The constituency has 460,202 registered voters— 274,367 male and 185,835 female.
Some 407 polling stations – 167 for males, 131 for females and 108 joint polling stations – have been set up for the by-election.
At least 320 polling stations have been declared extremely sensitive and 50 sensitive.
Some 407 presiding officers and 814 assistant presiding officers are discharging their duties on the polling day.