Karachi—The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalized arrangements to hold by-elections on June 2 in three Sindh Assembly constituencies, PS-106 (Karachi), PS-117 (Karachi) and PS-22 (Naushahro Feroz).
According to source, a meeting of ECP officials held at the provincial election commission in Karachi disused the arrangements and decided to deploy Rangers inside and outside sensitive polling stations, besides police.
In all, there are 144 polling stations declared most sensitive and 119 sensitive in the three constituencies. In Karachi, 84 polling stations have been set up in PS-117; of them 44 have been declared ‘highly sensitive’ and 40 ‘sensitive’.
Officials said 100 polling stations have been set up in PS-106; of them 77 have been declared ‘highly sensitive’ and 23 ‘sensitive’. Sources said more than 300 policemen will perform security duties.
Monitoring teams have been formed for each district to supervise the polling process while some Pakistan Election Commission officials would also monitor the polling. The PS-106 seat fell vacant with the resignation of MQM lawmaker Iftikhar Alam who joined Pak Sarzameen Party.
There are 14 candidates in the field, while the main contest is likely among MQM candidate Mehfoozyar Khan, PPP’s Sardar Abdul Samad, PTI’s Nusrat Anwar, and Pasban’s Jawad Sheerazi. The PS-117 seat, too, fell vacant when MQM lawmaker Dr Saghir Ahmad resigned to join the PSP.
There are 10 candidates in the run while the main contest is likely among S.M. Qamar Abbas Rizvi of the MQM, Javed Maqbool Butt of the PPP, Rafaqat Umar of PTI, Naeem Shah of the JUI-F and Zia-ur-Rahman of Pasban.
The PS-22 seat had fallen vacant due to the unseating of Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Dr Abdul Sattar Rajpar. There are 98 polling stations — 56 sensitive, 23 most sensitive and 19 normal — in the Naushahro Feroz constituency.