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By-elections being held for Sindh Assembly’s PS-70 Badin

BADIN: By-elections are being held on Thursday (today) on a vacant seats in Sindh Assembly’s constituency PS-70 Matli (BADIN II).

The voting started at 8:00 AM amid tight security and would continue without any interval till 5:00 PM to elect a representative of the constituency in the provincial legislature.

The seat fell vacant due to the death of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Bashir Ahmed Halepoto. The party has awarded a party ticket for the by-election to Ahmad Abdullah Halepoto.

Six candidates including PPP’s Ahmad Abdullah Halepoto, JUI-F’s Maulana Gul Hassan, GDA’s Shahid Virk, MWM’s Asad Leghari and TLP’s Pir Muhammad Ali Sarhandi are contesting the by-polls.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalised arrangements for the by-polls in the constituency.

Due to the rising COVID-19 cases, the ECP had asked the local administration to appoint healthcare staff during the Matli by-election in order to effectively implement COVID SOPs during the polling process.

As many as 166,809 voters were registered in the constituency, including 75,222 women and 91,587 men. There are 123 polling stations, consisting of 423 polling booths including 229 for men and 194 for women

The election commission has earlier served a show-cause notice to JUI candidate Maulana Gul Hassan in the PS-70 Badin constituency over violation of the code of conduct.