According to the unofficial but complete result of all the 290 polling stations, the PPP candidate Sardar Mohammad Bux Khan Mahar won the NA-205 Ghotki by election. He got 89,180 votes while his rival GDA and PTI backed independent candidate Sardar Ahmed Ali Mahar got 72,488 votes. The elder Mahar defeated the young Mahar in a closely fought election. The winner is the maternal uncle of losing candidate who happened to be is nephew.
This seat fell vacant after the death of Ali Mohammad Khan Mahar, a former Sindh chief minister. The late Mahar was serving as the federal narcotics minister in the cabinet of PM Imran Khan. He died after brief illness. He won this seat in July 25, 2018 general elections as an independent candidate. During the 2018 general elections, on NA-205, winner Ali Muhammad Khan Mahar received 71,943 votes, followed by PPP’s Ahsanullah with 41,843 votes and Abdul Qayoom of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal with 36,956 votes.
NA-205 covers PS-20 and PS-21 which were won by Ali Gohar Khan Mahar of the anti-PPP Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and his brother Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar alias Raja Mahar as a PPP candidate, respectively, in the July 25, 2018 general elections.
The constituency had 360,875 registered voters including 204,891 male and 155,935 female voters. A total of 290 polling stations were set up which include 56 each for male and female voters while 178 were combined polling stations.
Out of the total 290, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had declared 125 polling stations “highly sensitive” and 164 “sensitive”. But voting took place in a relatively peaceful atmosphere. Some incidents of minor quarrels did take place.
The election commission expelled the PTI Sindh president and MPA Haleem Adil Sheikh for creating hurdles in the polling. He was expelled from the Ghotki on the complaint of PPP leaders.
Strict security arrangements were put in place under the ECP’s directives. Army personnel were deployed inside the polling stations, despite opposition by the PPP.
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27 September, 2019