The unofficial results of the by-election in NA-240 Korangi 2, the seat in Karachi, are pouring in.
According to unofficial results of 259 out of 309 polling stations in the constituency, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) candidate Shahzada Shahbaz (Kashif Qadri) is leading with 9076 votes.
Muhammad Abu Bakar of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is second with 8826 votes.
Unofficial initial results
271 out of 309 polling stations
1. TLP Shahzada Shahbaz: 9423
2. MQM Muhammad Abu Bakr: 9319
3. Muhajir Qaumi Movement Rafi-ud-Din: 7575
4. PPP Nasir Rahim: 4162
5. PSP Shabir Qaimkhani: 4097
Casting rate: 8.31%
The polling process in the constituency continued uninterrupted from 8 am to 5 pm.
Voters inside the polling station were allowed to cast their ballots after the deadline.
Regional Election Officer Nadeem Ahmed had said that presiding officers were also tortured at some polling stations.
Incidents of firing
One person was killed and five others, including a PSP leader, were injured in firing and violence incidents at different places in Landhi No. 6 during the polling process.
After the firing, the polling staff fled. When the staff disappeared, unknown persons broke the ballot box.
During the firing, bullets were also fired at the ambulance of the rescue agency, while business in the area was also shut down.
Former member of the Sindh Assembly Iftikhar Alam was also among those injured and is being treated at a private hospital. Alam sustained bullet injuries on his hand and neck but is out of danger.
The seat was vacated by the death of an MQM member.
The NA-240 seat was vacated after the death of Iqbal Muhammad Ali, MQM’s elected member National Assembly.
In this by-election in NA-240, as many as 25 candidates, including MQM-P’s Abu Bakr, Mohajir Qaumi Movement’s Rafi Uddin Faisal, Pak Sarzameen Party’s (PSP) Shabbir Qaimkhani, PPP’s Nasir-Lodhi, and TLP’s Shahzada Shahbaz are contesting elections for the seat. PTI and JI boycotted the by-elections.