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    PTI stuns PML-N in Lodhran by-election

    BAHAWALPUR:

    Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Wednesday finally put a stop to the winning streak of rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in Punjab as its candidate Jahangir Tareen convincingly defeated the ruling party’s candidate Siddique Khan Baloch in the NA-154 (Lodhran-1) by-election.

    According to unofficial results, Tareen, who is also general secretary of the PTI, bagged 117,053 votes against 73,247 of Baloch which shows the victory margin was 43,806 votes. Unofficially, the turnout was between 55 to 60 per cent.

    Interestingly, the PML-N candidate lost the by-election even though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Lodhran on November 6 and announced a multibillion-rupee development package for the district.

    An election tribunal had disqualified Baloch for life on August 26 for holding a forged educational certificate on the plea of Tareen, who was defeated by Baloch in the May 2013 general elections. The tribunal had ordered re-election in the constituency. Later, Baloch approached the Supreme Court, which on October 28 allowed him to contest the by-poll while maintaining the tribunal’s verdict regarding re-election.

    Wednesday’s by-election was largely peaceful except for sporadic fistfights and scuffles between PTI and PML-N supporters at a few polling stations. The polling started at 8am and continued uninterruptedly till 5pm. As many as 303 polling stations were set up for 419,182 registered voters of the constituency.

    Earlier, polling staff and polling material were sent to the polling stations amid tight security. Heavy contingents of police and Pakistan Army were deployed to maintain law and order. The presiding officers had also been vested with the powers of Magistrate Section 30.

    According to Multan’s RPO Tariq Masood Yaseen, 3,580 officials of police were deployed on security duties and the arrangement was monitored by fours SPs and 14 DSPs.

    Lodhran’s DCO Muhammad Shahid Niaz had enforced Section 144 which prohibited carrying licenced firearms, display of weapons, aerial firing and conducting rallies, processions and gathering of more than five persons within the 300 metre radius of polling station.

    Political workers had also established their polling camps and a lot of enthusiasm was seen among the workers of the PML-N and the PTI. While the contest was largely between the two rival parties, there were in all 20 candidates in the run.

    Later, the animated workers of the PTI gathered at the Tareen’s farmhouse to celebrate the victory even before arrival of unofficial results from all polling stations.

    Speaking at the occasion, Tareen said he had himself collected all the results from the returning officers. “Today’s results confirm that the PML-N had rigged the May 2013 polls,” he said, adding that his victory was the victory of people of Lodhran.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2015.
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    Re: PTI stuns PML-N in Lodhran by-election

    Great news. This is a small hole that will eventually get much bigger now that rigging is being monitored.

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    Re: PTI stuns PML-N in Lodhran by-election

    Massive swing. Shows that there really was wholesale rigging taking place

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    NA-154 by-poll: PML-N leaders’ half-hearted support downs Baloch

    MULTAN: PML-N’s Siddique Baloch’s `shocking’ defeat in the NA-154 by-election on Wednesday is mainly due to resentment within the party against the leadership for awarding ticket to a newcomer and ignoring the old leaders.

    Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI’s) Jahangir Khan Tareen, who won the bye-poll, ran his campaign consistently right after a Supreme Court’s decision that unseated Mr Baloch, who had won the seat in the 2013 elections as an independent and later joined the ruling PML-N.

    According to unofficial results, Mr Tareen got 138,719 votes against Baloch’s 99,933.

    In the 2013 elections, Mr Baloch had bagged 86,177 votes as an independent candidate against Mr Tareen’s 75,955.

    Local observers said though Mr Baloch improved his tally compared to the general elections, most of the over 40,000 new votes registered in the last two and half years were bagged by the PTI.

    Former PML-N ticket-holders, except PML-N’s Rafiuddin Shah and Tahir Amin Ghauri (PP-210), had joined the PTI.

    PML-N ticket-holders Akhtar Kanju (NA-155), Zawar Warraich (PP-207), Tahir Malezai (PP-208), Mehmood Joya (PP-209), Rana Aslam (PP-210) and Mehmoodul Hasan (PP-211) were with Mr Tareen.

    Even though, MNA Hamza Shahbaz won over Mr Aslam and held a press conference at his residence one week before the poll, but it did not work. According to political circles of Lodhran, Mr Aslam was forced to support the PML-N through his two close relatives serving in government departments.

    They said that Mr Shah also wanted to contest the by-election after Mr Baloch was disqualified by an election tribunal, the party leadership forced him to support Mr Baloch. His reluctant support did not make any difference. Mr Shah had obtained 45,406 votes in the 2013 election.

    “We are not defeated by Tareen,” said PML-N Lodhran district president Tahir Amin Ghauri. “It is the result of wrong policies of our party leadership.”

    He said that the party ticket was awarded to a person who had distributed sweets when the PML-N leadership was jailed by a dictator.

    He said that when he applied for the party ticket for the constituency, the party leadership forced him to withdraw his candidature in favour of Mr Baloch.

    He said even though he followed the orders, he told the party leadership that it was not an appropriate decision.

    He said that he was asked to contest the election of councilor under an understanding that he would be party’s candidate for municipal committee chairmanship but Mr Baloch worked to defeat him.

    Mr Baloch alleged that money was used by his rival candidate in the election.

    Political analysts say a non-government organisation launched in 1999 benefited Mr Tareen.

    A local journalist said Mr Tareen campaigned more effectively as compared to the general election as he spent maximum time in the constituency and remained in touch with not only influential groups but also the common man.

    He said that an effective campaign was also launched in the favour Mr Tareen through social media.

    “The youth was engaged through social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, whereas Mr Baloch or the PML-N had no presence at social media,” he said.

    He said Mr Tareen engaged famous singers like Attaullah Esakhelvi and Abrarul Haq to attract people in his rallies. “Development of the area has never remained the priority of the government. For example there is only one high school in the Lodhran city despite the fact the city has a population of more than 300,000,” said Mr Ghauri.

    He said that despite the prime minister announced a package of Rs2.5 billion for the district, people did not take it seriously.

    Rana Sameer Mumtaz Noon, PPP candidate, could manage 1,910 votes . Mirza Nasir Baig, party’s nominee in the 2013 election, had got 11,173 votes but this time he was supporting Mr Tareen.

    LPP: The working of the Lodhran Pilot Project, an NGO, which started working in the area at the initiative of Tareen in 1999, also influenced the results.

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    Re: PTI stuns PML-N in Lodhran by-election

    We are on our way to a clean voting system, Insha-Allah.

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    Re: PTI stuns PML-N in Lodhran by-election

    Quote Originally Posted by Muslim View Post
    We are on our way to a clean voting system, Insha-Allah.
    What about Karachi intimidation brother? Can we get rid of this too?

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