By-election to PS-21: Very low turnout of voters, brawls reported from different polling stations

Naushehro Feroze, Sindh: Very low turnout of voters was witnessed while scattered incidents of brawl were reported at certain polling stations during the polling for by-election on PS-21 Naushehro Feroze constituency on Tuesday. The Sindh assembly seat had fallen vacate after resignation of Syed Ahmed Ali Shah, brother of MNA Syed Zafar Ali Shah due to dual citizenship.

Syed Abrar Ali Shah of National Peoples’ Party (NPP), Syed Sarfaraz Ali Shah of Pakistan Peoples’ Party, Syed Zohaib Ali Shah (Independent) and Abdul Aleem Ghanghro of JUI are contesting the polls. However the main contenders are of NPP, PPP and the independent, who is nephew of Syed Zafar Ali Shah who has strained relations with PPP.

There are a total of 119884 votes registered in the constituency including 65173 male and 54711 female. The Election Commission had setup 129 polling stations with 325 booths. Besides a large number of police force, 1200 personnel of Frontier Constabulary and 1200 personnel of Rangers were deployed to maintain peace as 39 polling stations were identified as very sensitive and ten as sensitive.

The people of constituency didn’t show any interest in the by-polls says the elected representatives did nothing for their betterment nor they expect from that who is to be elected today.

The male voters belonging to different candidates had a brawl at booth number 67 and 68 of polling station at Pakka Ghanghra while female voters quarrelled at polling stations 97, 100 and 101 in Halani where the polling process remained suspended for an hour.

The ballot papers were reportedly seized from a white-colour Pajero No: BF-2324, said to be of Shagufta Jumani of PPP at Samtia polling station of Mehrabpur. Rangers’ official confirmed that ballot papers were seized.

Meanwhile, some unidentified persons pelted stones on the car of PPP MPA Sattar Rajpar breaking its glasses.

MPA Ghulam Qadir Chandio and Nawab Wasan of PPP who were present at Mehrabpur polling station refuted allegations of rigging and said the opponents didn’t allow their polling agent to sit at polling station. However the officials said no polling agent of PPP candidate appeared there.

NPP candidate Syed Abrar Shah however accused ruling PPP of rigging the by-polls. The NPP leaders Murtaza Jatoi and Ibrahim Jatoi visited different polling stations accompanied by District Returning Officer.

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