KARACHI: Polling on vacant seats of local government in districts across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh commenced on Sunday morning.
Voting for the by-election is under way for 139 vacant seats of local government in Sindh and 334 seats in KP.
183 candidates are contesting for 24 municipality seats in six of Karachi’s districts. Voters have until 5pm today to cast their ballots.
There are four vacant seats in District West, eight in Malir, six in South, four in Central, and one each in East and Korangi. Some 540,960 people are expected to cast their votes.
In this regard, 389 polling stations, with 1,352 polling booths, have been set up.
In Hyderabad, by-polls are being held for three municipal seats, whereas in Bannu, there are five district and one councillor seats vacant. Polling in Bannu is set to continue till 4pm with no breaks in between.
More than 1,100 police officers have been stationed in Bannu and Section 144 has been imposed.
In Nawabshah, by-elections are being held at Union Councils Hasan Jamali and Gohram Mari, while in Badin, by-polls are slated for Town Committee Halani.
The seats were left vacant owing to various reasons, including candidates dying, getting disqualified or opting to go to the assemblies.