Turnout low as polling continues in Karachi’s NA-245 constituency

Polling continued in the by-election in the NA-245 constituency of Karachi on Sunday, as voters are set to pick a representative for the seat that was vacated by the late Aamir Liaquat Hussain of the PTI.

The process, which began at 8am this morning and will continue till 5pm, saw low turnout when even more than six hours since polling began, according to DawnNewsTV. Footage broadcast on television showed election officials sitting in a relatively barren polling station.

However, as the day progressed, some citizens could be seen at election camp offices getting information.

The by-election on the seat, which fell vacant after Aamir Liaquat’s sudden death in June, was originally scheduled to be held on July 27, but the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had to postpone it amid torrential rains.

Liaquat was elected on a PTI ticket in the 2018 general elections, defeating Farooq Sattar of the MQM-P by securing 56,673 votes against his 35,429 votes.

As polling was underway, PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry urged the people of the metropolitan city to vote in the party’s favour. “Today, Karachi will stand with the truth, with democracy and true freedom,” he said.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja, meanwhile, said that “violence and interference” would not be tolerated. In a statement, he called on citizens to cast their votes at polling stations without fear.

Raja said that swift action will be taken against those violating the law, adding that those spreading unrest would be arrested on the spot.

The ECP also tweeted a video of its by-election control room, in which officials could be seen seated as televisions ran in the background.

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