Unofficial results of the NA-120 by-election pouring in as counting is under way shows that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Kulsoom Nawaz has a taken healthy lead over Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Yasmin Rashid.
The results of 170 polling stations show that Kulsoom is ahead with 46,695 votes while Yasmin has bagged 37,264.
The counting of ballot papers started after polling ended on Sunday evening.
According to Express News, scuffles between loyalists of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were reported at a number of polling stations.
People started casting votes at 9am which continued till 5pm.
Kulsoom Nawaz of PML-N and PTI’s Dr Yasmin Rashid are the main contenders and political analysts have dubbed it as a “tough competition” between the two.
Political analysts say the ruling party was contesting to prove its narrative that the people of Pakistan have rejected the Supreme Court’s verdict of July 28 – deposition of Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister. While on the other hand, its main rival, PTI, had built its campaign over the ruling family’s corruption and disqualification of Sharif in the Panama Papers case, they added.
Though 44 candidates were contesting for the vacated seat. Political analysts would not rule out chances of an upset this time, because Sharif’s disqualification as the prime minister may have dismayed a good number of voters.