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NA-55: Sensitive polling stations categorized

RAWALPINDI: The Election Commission (EC) has divided the sensitive polling stations in NA-55 into three categories, as the by-elections are just nine days away.

Presiding Officer Tariq Qadri told Online Monday that 250 polling stations including 597 polling booths had been set up in the constituency. He said around 1,500 trained election staff would supervise the polls. Thirty-six out of 250 polling stations have been declared sensitive. As the date for by-elections is drawing near, the candidates have intensified their electioneering and could be seen addressing corner meetings and touching flesh with the electorate.

As the date for by-elections is drawing near, the candidates have intensified their electioneering and could be seen addressing corner meetings and visiting different areas of the constituency to woo the voters.

Anjum Shakeel Awan of PML (N), Sheikh Rashid Ahmed of Awami Muslim League, Dr Muhammad Kamal of Jamaat-e-Islami, Ejaz Khan Jazi of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf and Sheikh Danish Iftikhar, an independent candidate, are running for the seat vacated by Haji Pervez Khan MNA. Khan had vacated the seat after a disciplinary committee of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) found him guilty in an exam cheating case.

However, contrary to the PPP’s official announcement of support to the PML-N, the PPP workers seem in no mood to poll their vote for Shakeel Awan. AML chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has been lambasting Awan since the approval of his candidature by PML-N. The city is awash with huge colorful flags, banners, hoardings and posters of the candidates.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hanif Abassi Monday visited a number of shops to muster support for Anjum Shakil Awan.

Abbasi visited various shops in Col Maqbool Imambargh area, Bohar Bazaar and Mochi bazaar and appealed to the shopkeepers to cast their votes in favour of PML (N) candidate in the Feb 24 by-elections.

Local leadership of PML (N) including Sher Yar Riaz, Ziaullah Shah, Raja Muhammad Hanif, Malik Yasir Raza MPAs and representatives of traders accompanied Abbasi and Anjum Shakeel Awan.
Source: Daily Times
Date:2/16/2010