Polling ends for Balochistan Assembly seat PB-47, vote count underway

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QUETTA : Polling took place on Wednesday for the by-election on Balochistan Assembly seat PB-47, Kech-III.

According to the unofficial and unconfirmed results from as many as 21 polling stations, Balochistan Awami Party’s Rasheed Dashti is leading the vote tally with 3,685 votes while Balochistan National Party (Mengal)’s Jameel Dashti is close second with 3,270 votes.

Polling began at 8am and and ended at 5pm. Following which, counting of votes started across polling stations.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had declared all 60 polling stations extremely sensitive and levies force and Frontier Corps personnel were deployed.

A public holiday has also been declared in Kech district by the provincial government owing to the by-election.

During the 2018 general election, Balochistan Awami Party’s (BAP) Abdul Rauf Rind had emerged as the successful candidate on PB-47. However, ECP had declared the election null and void as Rind was a dual national.

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