JI Wins PK-95 Lower Dir-II By-Elections: Unofficial Reports
LOWER DIR: As by-elections in PK-95 (Lower Dir-II) constituency of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Assembly come to a close, unofficial results show Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in the lead, media reported on Thursday.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) fielded its Lower Dir chief Izazul Mulk Afkari for the polls as soon as the seat was vacated by party chief Sirajul Haq. Awami National Party (ANP) also awarded a ticket to former MPA Haji Bahadar Khan in PK-95.
According to unofficial results, Afkari is leading in the electoral run after securing 2,996 votes.
In order to avoid any untoward incident, tight security arrangements were made since the polling began at 8am. The elections are expected to end at 5pm.
The Malakand Board has also postponed intermediate exams scheduled to be held today, while the local government declared the polling as a public holiday in the constituency.
The Pakistan Raah-e-Haq Party (former banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan) has also fielded a candidate for the by-election.
‘No women voters’
Reportedly, none of the women voters in the constituency were allowed to cast their votes, raising a huge question mark on the claims of gender equality and right of womenfolk to express their opinion.
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