NA-249 Karachi by-election results held back for recount

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PPP’s Mandokhail had seemed to beat Miftah Ismail

The final results of the by-election to NA-249 in Karachi was held back on Saturday, after the results were challenged by PML-N’s Miftah Ismail.

All candidates have been called May 4. Miftah Ismail wanted a recount in the entire constituency. He applied for a recount and the two-member ECP bench decided to grant it. The ECP said in a two-page note that since every candidate was complaining of how polling had taken place, that they could withhold the results, which had not been declared final anyway.

The turnout was abysmally low. Notices have been issued to all candidates to appear on May 4 before the Election Commission. This is exactly what happened in Daska, where the PML-N filed a similar application.

Earlier, the PPP’s Qadir Khan Mandokhail was said to have clinched the NA-249 Karachi seat after receiving 16,156 votes, according to the unofficial and unverified results by the Election Commission.

PML-N’s Miftah Ismail bagged 15,473 votes, and TLP’s Mufti Nazir Kamalwi came in third with 11,125 votes. PSP’s Mustafa Kamal received 9,227 votes.

The total number of registered voters in the constituency is 339,591, out of which 73, 471 people cast their votes. Seven hundred and thirty-one ballot papers were rejected. The voter turnout was recorded at 21.64%.

Karachi residents cast on Thursday their votes to elect their representative from the constituency. The process started at 8am and continued till 5pm.

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