KARACHI:(APS NEWS) According to the unofficial and unconfirmed results of all polling stations in NA-246 obtained by APS News, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) candidate Kunwar Naveed Jamil is leading with more than 93,122 votes followed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Imran Ismail and Jamaat-i-Islami’s (JI) Rashid Naseem to fill the second and third spot respectively.
By-election was held in NA-246 on Thursday after the seat fell vacant when MQM’s Nabeel Gabol resigned from the National Assembly a few months ago.
The involvement of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, PTI Chairman Imran Khan and JI chief Sirajul Haq had turned what was just a simple by-election for one seat into an electoral battlefield of national importance.
Ismail said the prevention of election-day rigging is a great leap forward, and that in the future, pre-election rigging through presiding officers and by means of lists will also be stopped. He said the party fought well and if MQM candidate Kanwar Naveed Jameel wins, he will congratulate him.
MQM supporters have already gathered at Jinnah Ground to celebrate the anticipated win of MQM’s Kanwar Naveed Jameel of the NA-246 constituency, after being summoned by party chief Altaf Hussain.
213 polling stations were set up with 769 polling booths housed in 55 buildings, for 357,861 registered voters. Around 2,556 policemen provided security in the constituency, whereas Rangers personnel were also deployed at almost all polling stations.
Although 14 candidates were in the run, but the by-poll was largely a three-way contest between Kanwar Naveed Jameel of MQM, Imran Ismail of PTI and Rashid Naseem of JI.
The counting of votes started soon after the polling ended for the fiercely contested NA-246 by-election at 5pm, after a day of polling amid unprecedented security. Rangers personnel have been closely monitoring the counting process behind closed doors as no unauthorised person was allowed to enter the premises.
The constituency is considered to be an MQM bastion because its headquarters Nine Zero is located there and the party had emerged victorious in all three previous general elections in 2002, 2008 and 2013 and in a by-election in May 2004. It comprises Federal B. Area, Federal Capital Area and parts of Liaquatabad.