Ghulam Murtaza Baloch of PPP won the PS-127 by-election
Pakistan People’s Party candidate Ghulam Murtaza Baloch has won the by-polling in PS-127 Maleer Karachi. while Muttahida Qaumi Movement competitor Waseem Ahmad remained runners up, as indicated by informal results reported on late Thursday night. PTI candidate Nadeem Memon remained third.
The seat was free after MQM MPA Ashfaq Mandi surrendered from the seat to join Mustafa Kamal newly established Pak Sarzameen Party. MQM was contesting for the first time without the Altaf Hussain leadership, that is why result in Maleer PS 127 was not in favor of MQM.
No less than 21 hopefuls challenged for PS-127 seat however the primary challenge was normal among Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Waseem Ahmad, Pakistan People’s Party’s Ghulam Murtaza Baloch and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Nadeem Memon.
According to initial and unofficial reports, Pakistan Peoples Party candidate Ghulam Murtaza Baloch got 21187 votes to win the PS-127 by-polling. MQM strong candidate Waseem Ahmad stayed second with 15,553 votes while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Nadeem Memon was third by getting 5,880 votes.
This was low performance by PTI in this area, as PTI was considering strong party before the election day as claimed by PTI leadership. PTI workers in Maleer area look so disappointed. Maleer always remained favorable political ground for Pakistan people’s Party.
There were 207,467 enlisted voters in the voting demographic for which 134 polling stations were set up by Election commission of Pakistan. Out of these 134 polling stations, 49 were announced as sensitive while 67 were declared as highly sensitive.
Pakistan Election Commission tried best to held the by-election polling in PS-127 neat and clean. Good security arrangements were provided at each polling station by deploying police and security personals to avoid any incident. However a firing incident was reported at a MQM polling camp where one person was injured. 8 persons involved in clash between MQM and MQM haqeeqi were arrested by rangers.
PPP looks all set to recover the seat after a long break of 14 years. Pakistan Peoples Party Abdullah Murad won the seat in general elections held in 2002. He was shot dead near his residency in 2004. At that point forward MQM continued winning the seat. In 2013 MPA Ashfaq Mandi of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) won the seat.