NEWS DESK: Polling has begun in the Peshawar-based NA-4 constituency, which observers say will prove to be a litmus test for gauging the popularity of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
According to reports, voter turnout appeared to be strong while people began lining up outside polling stations as early as 7:30am.
PESHAWAR = The process of polling in NA-4 by-poll has ended as the returning officer and other staff of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started counting votes to see which political party triumphed.
Latest updates from NA-4 by-elections
According to final results obtained from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), PTI candidate Arbab Amir Ayub got 47, 586 votes followed by PML-N’s Nasir Khan Musazai who bagged 25, 267 votes.
Khushdil Khan of ANP was third with 25, 143 votes. PPP’s Asad Gulzar Khan stood fourth with 12, 014 votes while JI candidate Wasil Farooq received 6, 337 votes.
On the other hand, Dr Shafique Ameeni, an independent candidate who was backed by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), also managed to get 8, 218 votes in their maiden election in the provincial capital.
Speaking exclusively to SAMAA, PTI’s winning candidate Arbab Amir Ayub said that nobody can beat the passion of his workers.
The National Assembly seat had fallen vacant after the demise of PTI’s MNA Gulzar Khan.
On Wednesday, the ECP director general administration and provincial election commissioner visited polling stations in the area to check preparations for the by-election.
Meanwhile, the ECP has empowered all presiding officers to exercise the powers of first class magistrate to prevent any untoward incident.