In an effort to avoid embarrassment on election day, leaders of major political parties are contesting elections on multiple seats. The Election Commission of Pakistan has not released a full list of candidates, but the data has been collected by Dawn from constituencies where political notables and party heads will be vying for victory.
Important contests are expected in Lahore, with Yasmin facing Nawaz and Atta Tarar challenging Bilawal. Considerable uncertainty has surrounded this election process, but things are becoming clearer as pre-poll activity picks up.
There are interesting developments in the election, with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the heads of various political figures contesting in tough competitions. This time, all major political parties are contesting the polls without any formal alliance.
There is a possibility of a poor showing for some leaders, so several of them are contesting on multiple seats, and even family members of party heads are entering the contest. Major leaders from different parties are competing in various provinces and constituencies. This includes PML-N, PPP, JUI-F, JI, PTI, MQM-P, and other new parties.
In Sindh, there are no major contests between heavyweights, except for one potential significant contest in Larkana-Ratodero between Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and JUI-F General Secretary Maulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro. However, the PPP candidate has history on his side as the constituency is located in the hometown of his grandfather, PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
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