NA-75: PML-N’s Nosheen wins Daska by-election, defeats PTI's Ali Asjad

By: News Desk      Published: 10:57 AM, 10 Apr, 2021
Pakistan politics
Women casting votes at a polling station in Daska.

PML-N candidate Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar won the by-election in the NA-75 constituency of Daska by securing 111,220 votes on Saturday.

She defeated PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi who secured 92019 votes. These results of 360 polling stations are authentic and based on Form-45.

As soon as counting of votes was completed at all polling stations, PML-N workers started celebrations in Daska city and elsewhere. However, people left election offices of PTI candidate Ali Asjad Malhi long before his defeat was announced.  

Unofficial results from polling station 312 show that PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar is ahead with 311 votes, whereas PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi has received 141 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 312 show that PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar is ahead with 312 votes, whereas PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi has received 301 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 364 show that PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi is ahead with 305 votes, whereas PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar has received 226 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 257 show that PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar is ahead with 182 votes, whereas PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi has received 146 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 345 show that PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi is ahead with 171 votes, whereas PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar has received 164 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 142 show that PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar is ahead with 222 votes, whereas PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi has received 187 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 179 show that PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi is ahead with 160 votes, whereas PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar has received 152 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 142 show that PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar is ahead with 154 votes, whereas PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi has received 60 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 306 show that PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar is ahead with 312 votes, whereas PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi has received 215 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 255 show that PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar is ahead with 179 votes, whereas PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi has received 77 votes.

Unofficial results from polling station 58 show that PTI's Ali Asjad Malhi is ahead with 123 votes, whereas PML-N's Nosheen Iftikhar has received 46 votes.

The counting of votes was underway in NA-75 Daska by-election after the repolling ended on Saturday evening generally peacefully.

There was no violent incident reported but there were several incidents where tempers flared, slogans raised by the charged activists and lines drawn.

However, the police interfered and brought the situation under control.

PML-N candidate Nosheen Iftikhar exchanged harsh words with the policemen when she was not allowed to enter the polling station number 288 along with her supporters. Later, she was allowed entry but without PML-N activists.

A woman in polling station number 89 ran away with the ballet paper after stamping it. Though she was chased down and brought back to the polling station where she put the ballot paper in the box to which the PML-N polling agent raised strong objection.

Earli,er the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has alleged that its voters are being pressured and intimidated from casting votes in the by-election for NA-75 Daska polling for which was under way Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

According to the TV channel, a large number of people especially women were turned out in the morning to cast vote but as the progressed it died down.

Addressing the media, PML-N candidate Syed Nosheen Iftikhar said their voters are being scared away. She appealed to voters to come out of their houses and there was no need for getting intimidated.

The candidates of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Syed Nosheen Iftikhar and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Ali Asjad Malhi are the main contestants as they had run heavy campaigns leading to the voting day.

Women were prominent among voters heading towards the polling stations across Daska in the early voting. People with disabilities are also among the early voters.

The administration was also busy enforcing the coronavirus guidelines during the voting.

The Daska by-election garnered national importance after the voting for the by-poll held on February 19 was declared null and void by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Polling for the Daska by-election started at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm.

The main contest is expected between Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s Ali Asjad Malhi and Nosheen Iftikhar of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz as both the parties have been campaigning heavily to win the polls. A candidate of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Khalil Sandhu, is also in the run.

As many as 360 polling stations have been set up across the NA-75 constituency while 4,162 security personnel have been deployed to maintain the law and order. Pakistan Rangers personnel are also deployed while the Pakistan Army is on standby.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja will be present in the Election Commission Office Punjab to monitor the by-election himself.

Federal Science Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, in a tweet, has appealed to the people to vote for the PTI candidate as the PML-N is another name for a mafia.

The NA-75 seat fell vacant after PML-N MNA Iftikharul Hassan Shah died of a heart attack in August 2020. 

Earlier, Nosheen Iftikhar in a letter to the ECP had expressed concern over bogus voting at 100 polling stations with the help of presiding officers and the non-installation of cameras.

The ECP, meanwhile, has decided that the presiding officers will sign the Form 45 (final results) inside the polling stations in the presence of polling agents of the respective candidates before they leave the premises, while no political figure will be allowed to meet the RO while receiving the election results.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Friday said that all eyes will be on Daska as the people of the constituency will be representing the sentiments of the country's 220 million-strong population. "The people of Daska have been given another chance to exact revenge from the vote-stealing government, which has snatched the bread from the people's mouth while also taking away development from Pakistan," she said.

The government's fears will prove to be true, she said, adding that the people of the constituency will cast their vote in order to avenge the deaths of those killed on February 19.

She stated that voters will demonstrate their lack of confidence in the current government by casting their vote, adding that incompetent governance had endangered the country's security.

Such strict measures come in the wake of Feb 19 Daska by-poll where different incidents of alleged vote tampering, rigging and deadly violence were reported.

The District Monitoring Officer of NA-75 has warned the rival candidates that none of the elected representatives supporting them should enter the Daska constituency.

The ECP has banned the entry of all legislators in the NA-75 constituency. 

The district monitoring officer telephoned both Nosheen Iftikhar and Ali Asjid Malhi, warning them that action can be taken if any member of the assembly was found visiting the constituency.

PML-N leader Attaullah Tarar visited a sensitive polling station in the Goend area of Daska to review the arrangements. He said there should be no obstacle of any kind in the polling process.

Reporters Ali Akbar, Qazzafi Butt, Malik Chand, Mian Ashfaq and Zahid Iqbal Rana