ECP finalises arrangements to hold by-elections in 21 constituencies Deployment Pakistan Army & Civil Armed Forces troops.. Mobile & internet services to remain suspended

ECP finalizes arrangements to hold by-elections in 21 constituencies of national & provincial assemblies today

Federal govt approves deployment of Pakistan Army & Civil Armed Forces troops for by-elections

Mobile & internet services to remain suspended in 13 cities of Punjab during the by-elections.


The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalised arrangements to hold by-elections in 21 constituencies of national and provincial assemblies today (Sunday).

The polling will be held from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM without any break. The returning officers handed over election material to presiding officers from their camp offices on Saturday. Strict security arrangements have been made for by-elections.

Meanwhile on the request of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) seeking strict security measures during the by-elections in the country, the federal government has approved deployment of Pakistan Army and Civil Armed Forces (CAF) troops.

The government would use the armed forces’ units as a quick response force. The Ministry of Interior has issued an order in this regard.

The notification mentions that the CAF and Pakistan Army units would be used as second and third tiers of security and they would be available with immediate effect till April 22 in 21 constituencies.

“The exact number of troops, date/period, area and mode of deployment would be worked out by the ECP in consultation with all concerned stakeholders based on ground requirement/ assessment. The date of de-requisitioning of the said deployment will be decided subsequently after mutual consultation among all stakeholders,” the notification issued by the interior ministry stated.

Meanwhile, mobile and internet services will remain suspended in 13 cities of Punjab during the by-elections. The Punjab Home Department has written a letter to the Ministry of Interior seeking closure of internet.

The mobile and internet services will remain suspended in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Talagang, Gujrat, Zafarwal, Bhakkar, Chakwal, Sadiqabad, Alipur Chattha and Kot Chattha.

The polling will be held for five national and 16 provincial assembly seats today (Sunday). Elections were originally scheduled for 23 constituencies. However, the results of two of those seats, one provincial and one national, have already been announced.

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari was elected unopposed in NA-207 Shaheed Benazirabad, while Zubair Ahmad Junejo has been elected in PS-80 Dadu.

The National Assembly seats on which by-polls will take place are NA-8 Bajaur, NA-44 Dera Ismail Khan-I, NA-119 Lahore-III, NA-132 Kasur-II, NA-196 Kamber Shadadkot-I and NA-207 Shaheed Benazirabad-I.

The elections on NA-8 Bajaur and PK-22 Bajaur-IV were suspended after a candidate contesting as independent on these constituencies in the general election was shot dead.

Meanwhile, NA-44 seat fell vacant after KP Chief Minister Ali Amin Khan Gandapur opted to retain his provincial seat from Dera Ismail Khan.

The NA-119 Lahore-III seat was vacated by Maryam Nawaz Sharif after she opted to retain the provincial seat which she had won, while NA-132 Kasur seat fell vacant after Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif decided to retain his NA-123 Lahore-VII seat.

PM Shehbaz Sharif had also won Punjab Assembly seats PP-158 and PP-164 but since he retained his NA seat, the provincial assembly seats fell vacant.

Moreover, the NA seats from Sindh’s constituencies, NA-196 Kamber Shadadkot-I and NA-207 Shaheed Benazirabad-I, were vacated after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto retained the seat he won in Larkana, while President Asif Ali Zardari gave up his seat following his election as the head of state.

The other provincial assembly seats on which by-polls will be held are Punjab’s PP-22 Chakwal-cum-Talagang, PP-32 Gujrat-VI, PP-36 Wazirabad-II, PP-54 Narowal-|, PP-93 Bhakkar-V, PP-139 Sheikhupura-IV, PP-147 Lahore-III, PP-149 Lahore-V, PP-158 Lahore-XIV, PP-164 Lahore-XX, PP-266 Rahim Yar Khan-XII, PP-290 Dera Ghazi Khan-V; KP’s PK-22 Bajaur-IV, PK-91 Kohat-II; Balochistan’s PB-20 Khuzdar-III, PB-22 Lasbela; and Sindh’s PS-80 Dadu-I.

As many as 174 candidates are in the fray in the by-elections for 12 provincial constituencies from Punjab where the number of voters is 4,044,552 and 2,601 polling stations have been established.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, there are 1,471,000 voters in the by-elections for two provincial constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 49 candidates are in the field for which 892 polling stations have been established, of which 139 are sensitive.

In NA-196 in Sindh, two candidates are in the fray, 423,781 voters will exercise their right to vote and 303 polling stations have been set up, out of which 158 are sensitive.

According to the ECP, by-elections will be held for two provincial constituencies 20 and 22 in Balochistan, 396,246 voters will exercise their right to vote in the province, and 354 polling stations have been established.

Nine candidates including Ali Pervaiz and Shehzad Farooq are competing from National Assembly NA -119 while 11 candidates including PML-N candidate Malik Riaz and PTI-backed Muhammad Khan Madani are competing in ?PP-147 ?.

Apart from this, 14 candidates including Muhammad Shoaib Siddiqui and Qaiser Shehzad of the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party are conteting election from PP -149, 22 candidates including Chaudhry Nawaz from PP -158 and Moonis Elahi of Sunni Unity Council are facing each other.

20 candidates are contesting from PP-164 including PML-N leader Rashid Minhas and Muhammad Yusuf of Sunni Ittehad Council.

The election campaign for by-elections in 21 constituencies of national and provincial assemblies of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan concluded on Friday night. The ECP said the candidates who continue engaging in political activities after this deadline would face legal consequences.

Additionally, the ECP called upon the media and the public to work together to uphold a free, fair, and transparent election process. The commission reminded the candidates participating in the by-elections of Section 182 of the Election Act, 2017. This section prohibits individuals from organising, attending, or participating in any public meetings or processions within the constituency for a period of 48 hours after the polls end, until midnight.

The ECP cautioned that those who breach these regulations could be subject to penalties such as imprisonment for a maximum of two years, a fine of up to Rs100,000, or both.

According to a spokesperson of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), an Election Monitoring and Control Centre has been established for the by-elections. The center will have the facility for people to contact and register their complaints regarding the election.

The spokesperson said a prompt action will be taken to resolve the complaints in a timely manner. For this purpose, trained staff has been appointed in the control centre. Control centres have been set up at four levels for registration of voter complaints and their prompt resolution.

Decision to suspend mobile phone service during by-elections

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to temporarily suspend the mobile phone service in some districts of Punjab and Balochistan during the by-elections on Sunday. PTA has said that on April 21 During the by-elections, the mobile service will be temporarily suspended, the authority has taken this decision on the instructions of the Ministry of Interior. It has been said that the decision to suspend the mobile phone service has been taken to complete the election process without interruption and in a transparent manner. It was recommended to suspend mobile and internet services in 13 districts and tehsils. Provincial capital Lahore, Tala Gang, Chakwal, Kalkarkhar, Gujarat, Alipur Chatta, Zafarwal, Bhakkar, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Sadiqabad, Kot Chatta, It was recommended in Dera Ghazi Khan. It should be clear that the by-elections on 22 seats of national and provincial assemblies will be held on Sunday, April 21. According to the Election Commission, 5 vacant seats of the National Assembly, 12 seats of the Punjab Assembly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Assemblies. By-elections will be held on 2, 2 seats while on one seat of Sindh Assembly. It should be clear that earlier the federal government had also approved the deployment of Civil Armed Forces and Pakistan Army troops in the by-elections across the country.