The PML-N defeated the PTI in the by-election held on Wednesday in Khushab city of Punjab’s Sargodha district.
Unofficial results from all 229 polling stations showed that Moazzam Sher Kallu had obtained 73,801 votes to defeat PTI’s Ali Hussain Khan Baloch, who bagged 62,903.
Kallu’s margin of victory was thus 10,178 votes.
In contrast to the recent NA-249 by-election which saw a dismal voter turnout, reports indicated the turnout here was satisfactory.
A total of eight candidates stood in the race.
Besides the PML-N and PTI candidates, PPP’s Ghulam Habib Ahmed was in the running, as well the banned TLP’s Asghar Ali.
The independents included Amjad Raza, Aurangzeb, Imran Haider Khan, and Ilyas Khan Azad.
Earlier during the polling, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) took notice of the reports of a clash between the workers of PTI and PML-N at a polling station. It directed the police to handle the situation.
“DSP Investigation visited the spot and controlled the situation. No untoward situation of law and order has been reported at the polling station,” the ECP said in a statement.
“Voting continues uninterrupted at the polling station,” the provincial election commissioner had said at the time.
Election Commissioner Punjab Ghulam Israr Khan on Wednesday urged the voters to come and exercise their right without any fear.
“Fool-proof security arrangements have been made and voters should abide by the COVID-19 SOPs.”
Commissioner Sargodha Division Dr Farah Masood and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Sargodha Ashfaq Khan visited Khushab district on Monday and reviewed security arrangements for the by-election.
Both the officers visited the Returning Officer’s Sub Office in Roda.
DC Khushab Musarat Jabeen and DPO Khushab Muhammad Naveed were also present.
The RPO directed the DPO and DC to ensure security and smooth conduct of elections throughout the constituency and safe delivery of ballot boxes and other election materials at the polling booths.
He also stressed on the observance of all standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Election Commission.
The by-poll was held across 229 polling stations, featuring 666 polling booths — 344 for male and 322 for female voters.
The total registered voters amount to 292,687 of which 155,104 are male and 137,583 female.