Election 2008

Ruling coalition sweeps polls

ISLAMABAD: Ruling coalition comprising PPPP, PML-N and ANP secured maximum seats in bye-polls held in 28 National and Provincial Assemblies seats on Thursday. According to unofficial results announced by the Election Commission, the coalition won all the five National Assembly seats with three secured by PML-N and two by PPPP. For Punjab Assembly, PML-N won seven out of total 12 with PPPP securing three seats and two candidates elected as independent candidates.

In Sindh, out of three constituencies of bye-poll, two PPPP candidates were already elected unopposed and one remaining one seat was also secured by PPPP. In NWFP, out of seven constituencies, two each seat was secured by the PPPP, ANP and Independent candidates with one going to PML-N. In Balochistan, out of three seats of bye-polls, one was secured by PPPP and in two constituencies the independent candidates remained successful.

According to constituency-wise details, in NA-11 Mardan-III Khanzada Khan of PPPP won the polls by securing 20896 votes, in NA-52 Rawalpindi-III Muhammad Safdar of PML won by securing 54917 votes, in NA-55 Rawalpindi-VI Haji Pervaiz Khan of PML-N won by securing 25237 votes, in NA-131 Sheikhupura-I Rana Afzal Hussain of PML-N won by getting 119,180 votes and in NA-147 Okara-V Khurram Jehangir Wattoo of PPPP won the polls by bagging 79195 votes.

Details of polls for Punjab Assembly show that in PP-59 Faisalabad-IX Qasim Zia of PPPP won the elections by securing 32,915 votes, in PP-70 Faisalabad-XX, Rana Sanaullah Khan of PML-N won the polls by getting 23,070 votes, in PP-99 Gujranwala-IX Qaisar Iqbal Sindhu of PPPP won by getting 33,943 votes, in PP-118 Mandi Bahauddin-III Major ® Zulfiqar Ali Gondal of PPPP won by getting 20,859 votes, in PP-124 Sialkot-IV Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan of PML-N won by getting 24,994 votes, in PP-154 Lahore-XVIII Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri of PML-N won the seat by bagging 8,211 votes, in PP-171 Nankana Sahib-II Rana Muhammad Arshad of PML-N won the seat by securing 22,715 votes, in PP-219 Khanewal-VIII Karam Dad Wahla an independent candidate won the seat by securing 38,098 votes, in PP-229 Pakpattan-III Sardar Wajid Ali of PML-N won the seat by getting 24,989 votes, in PP-243 D G Khan-IV Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa of PML-N won the seat by getting 27,829 votes, in PP-258 Muzaffargarh-VIII Makhdoom Haroon Ahmed Sultan Bokhari an independent candidates won the seat by getting 23,829 votes and in PP-277 Bahawalnagar-I Mian Fida Hussain of PML-N won the election by getting 32,706 votes. In PP-295 Rahim Yar Khan-XI Syed Abdul Qadir Gillani of PPPP was already decalred winner unopposed.

For Sindh Assembly, PS-30 Khairpur-II Pir Syed Muhammad Bachal Shah of PPPP won the election by getting 23548 votes while two candidates Pir Amir Ali Shah and Sharjeel Inam Memon belonging to PPPP were already declared winner unopposed from PS-44 old Hyderabad-II and PS-62 Tharparkar-III respectively.

In bye-polls for NWFP Assembly, in PF-20 Charsadda-IV Muhammad Taimoor Khan of ANP won the polls by getting 8,351 votes, in PF-59 Battagram-I Taj Muhammad Khan Tarand an independent candidate won the polls by getting 16,528 votes, in PF-75 Lakki Marwat-II Dr Muhammad Khalid Raza Pir Zakori Sharif an independent candidates won the seat by bagging 24,997 votes, in PF-81 Swat-II Sher Shah Khan of ANP won the seat by getting 7731 votes, in PF-91 Upper Dir-I Muhammad Anwar Khan of PPPP won the seat by getting 14,445 votes and in PF-92 Upper Dir-II Badshah Saleh of PPPP won the seat by securing 11,997 votes.

In bye-polls for Balochistan Assembly constituencies, in PB-9 Pishin-II Asfandyar Khan Kakar of PPPP won the elections by getting 15,182 votes, in PB-32 Jhal Magsi Old Kacchi-III Nawabzada Tariq Magsi an independent candidate won the polls by getting 56,261 votes and in PB-44 Lasbela-I Pir Abdul Qadir Al-Gillani an independent candidate won the election by getting 16,911 votes. The overall results situation shows that out of total 28 National and Provincial Assemblies constituencies, the ruling coalition secured 22 seats with six going to independent candidates as none of other parties could secure any seat in bye-polls.-SANA

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