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Ghotki-II By-Election Witnesses Slight Decline in Turnout Since GE-2018, Low Incidence of Electoral Irregularities Observed

ISLAMABAD, July 24, 2019:  NA-205 Ghotki-II by-election held on July 23, 2019 witnessed a slight decline in voter turnout since 2018 General Elections (GE), and low incidence of electoral violations says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its report on Wednesday.

FAFEN deployed 74 (64 men and 10 women) trained, non-partisan and duly accredited observers for the observation of NA-205 Ghotki-II by-election. This report is based on the observation of 129 polling stations (and 374 polling booths) using a standardized methodology based on the Elections Act, 2017, Election Rules 2018, respective codes of conduct and ECP’s handbooks for election officials.

Pakistan Peoples’ Party – Parliamentarians’ (PPPP) Sardar Muhammad Bakhsh Khan Mahar won the by-election by securing 89,359 votes (53 percent of the polled votes), while the runner-up Ahmed Ali Khan Mahar, an independent candidate, got 70,848 votes (42 percent of the polled votes).  According to the Provisional Consolidated Statement of the Result of the Count (Form-47), a total of 6,032 (three percent) votes were excluded from the count. During the GE- 2018, Ali Muhammad Khan Mahar had won this constituency as an independent by securing 72,082 votes, later he joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) while PPPP’s Ahsan Ullah was declared runner-up securing 41,885 votes. The seat had fallen vacant due to the death of Ali Muhammad Khan Mahar.

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