Pakistan imposes Section 144 in Punjab ahead of by-elections | World News


Islamabad: Before the by-elections in various districts of Punjab, Pakistan, the provincial government section 144 Pakistan-based ARY News reported the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
According to details, Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the districts where by-elections are being held, including Lahore, Kasur and Chakwal. Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in Bhakkar, Rahim Yar Khan, Wazirabad, Narowal, Sheikhupura and Dera Ghazi Khan.
According to the report of ARY News, a notification has been issued in this regard in which it has been told that Section 144 will remain in force from 18 to 22 April. No one will be allowed to carry or display weapons and action will be taken against those violating the rules. It is noteworthy that by-elections are to be held on April 21.
Earlier on Wednesday Pakistan Election Commission ARY News quoted sources as saying that the (ECP) handed over 6.23 million ballot papers to the respective Returning Officers (ROs) for the by-elections in 21 constituencies. According to details, around 2.55 million people in Pakistan will vote for the five National Assembly constituencies.
Moreover, around 3.61 million people will exercise their right to vote for 16 provincial assembly seats in Pakistan. More than 6.23 million ballot papers have been printed, including green colored papers for the National Assembly and white colored papers for the provincial assemblies, ARY News quoted sources as saying.
The ballot papers were given to the ROs of the respective constituencies to ensure smooth voting process. 47 candidates will contest for five National Assembly seats. Apart from this, 16 provincial assembly constituencies are also in the fray.
The by-elections include five National Assembly seats, 12 Punjab Assembly seats, two Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seats and two Balochistan Assembly seats. It is noteworthy that Asifa Bhutto Zardari has been elected unopposed for NA 207.
According to ARY News report, a total of 237 candidates were in the fray for the 21 vacant seats of the national and provincial assemblies during the by-elections to be held on April 21.
23 candidates are in the fray for the vacant seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, while 154 candidates are in the fray in Punjab. Zubair Ahmed Junejo has confirmed his seat unopposed on PS-80 in Sindh. A total of 12 candidates are in the fray for the vacant seats of Balochistan Assembly.

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