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Re-polling in NA-75 Daska by-elections being held today

SIALKOT: The re-polling for the by-election in the National Assembly constituency NA-75 Daska is being held today on Saturday amid strict security.

A close contest is being expected between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Ali Asjad Malhi and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Nosheen Iftikhar.

The polling began at 8AM and will continue till 5PM without any interval. 360 polling stations have set up for the 4,94000 registered voters in the constituency.

Security has been placed on high alert at 47 sensitive polling stations of the constituency. Police have taken the control of the 47 polling stations, which have been declared highly sensitive by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Furthermore, the Rangers personnel are being deployed inside and outside the highly sensitive polling stations

The ECP has directed the presiding officers to send a picture of Form-45 while announcing the results to the returning officer. The picture must be taken in the presence of the polling agent of the political parties. The location of the smartphone should be kept on while taking the picture.

The polling officers have been directed not to wait for the submission of the results if the network is down. They have  been instructed to immediately reach the returning officer’s office and submit the polling record in time.

On Feb 25, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had ordered re-election in NA-75 Sialkot-Daska constituency over alleged rigging and irregularities.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had challenged the Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision to order re-polling at all polling stations in NA-75.

The Supreme Court (SC) had upheld the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to hold re-polling in the entire National Assembly constituency NA-75 in Daska.

The National Assembly constituency consists of villages located in the NA-75 Daska city, Gujranwala and Sialkot. The NA-75 constituency has more than 823,000 voters and the turnout in the last three elections has remained over 55%.