ECP observes 24% fall in by-elections turnout

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ISLAMABAD: Confirming reports that both the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had won four seats each, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) added on Monday that as compared to the general elections, the by-polls on Sunday saw a considerably low voter turnout.

While 52 percent of Pakistanis had chosen to vote on July 25, only 28 percent stepped out to cast their votes yesterday to elect representatives for 11 National Assembly (NA) seats; while 36 percent decided who would take up the 24 provincial assembly seats.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid party, a PTI ally, retained its two seats, while the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) – an alliance of religious parties — secured one.  The PML-N won six seats in the Punjab provincial assembly while PTI bagged four. Two seats went to independent candidates.  In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, PTI grabbed six of the nine seats, losing two to the Awami National Party and one to PML-N.

Parliamentarians of the Pakistan Peoples Party took two seats in the Sindh Assembly while the Baloch National Party and an independent candidate secured one seat each in the Baluchistan Assembly.

The vote also saw the participation of overseas Pakistanis for the first time in the country’s history, who were able to cast their votes with the help of the I-Voting system on the ECP’s website. More than 7,000 Pakistani nationals living abroad were declared eligible for the vote.