All set for by-elections in PB-47 Kech

Published on – December 6, 2018 – 1:25 am

QUETTA: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has claimed to have completed all preparations for by-elections in PB-47 Kech terming security situation satisfactory in 60 polling stations across District Kech.

Election material have been distributed to the election staff in District Kech to smoothly hold free and fair elections in PB-47 Kech III as polling process for by polls was due today.

More than 56472, registered voters among 31417 male and 25055 female going to cast their votes to elect the new member of provincial assembly from PB-47 District Kech following the disqualification of Balochistan Awami Party’s Abdul Rauf Rind for having dual nationalities.

“Election material to Dasht and Mand areas was distributed on Tuesday while ballot papers, boxes and other material for city areas have been dispatched to smoothly hold by elections in PB-47.” Abdul Waheed Baloch Returning Officers (RO) said adding Frontier Corps Balochistan and District Police performing duties to control any untoward situation during polling.

At least 12 candidates have been contesting by election on PB-47 Kech III among Balochistan Awami Party’s Lala Rasheed, BMP Mengal’s Major (retd) Jameel Dashti and NP’s Fida Hussain Dashti are strong contestants.

RO Waheed Baloch said, all arrangements have been completed while 60 polling stations have been established in PB-47’s constituency, “To ensure fairness in elections, we remained intact with all candidates while finalized polling stations following their suggestions.”

Balochistan National Party’s Peresident Sardar Akhter Jan Mengal, former Chief Minister and NP’s President Dr. Malik Baloch and Balochistan Awami Party’s leaders Provincial Minister Zahoor Buledi and Federal Minister Zubeda Jalal remained fervent in running by-polls campaign in Turbat and Kech.

The restive Kech District remained the hard ground for Baloch armed fighters as they attempted to disturb general elections. A heavy contingent of Frontier Corps Balochistan and District Police were deployed in all polling stations to make sure security for voters.