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PPP canidate won PK-93 election

16 September, 2015

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TIMERGARA: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Sahibzada Sanaullah on Tuesday won PK-93 Dir by-election, defeating Malik Azam Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami.

According to unofficial result, Sahibzada Sanaullah got 21,778 votes against 14,777 by Malik Azam. There are 148,077 registered voters in the constituency, including 90,365 male and 57,760 female. The seat had fallen vacant after disqualification of MPA Behram Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami in a fake degree case by an election tribunal. Meanwhile, women in Upper Dir took a giant leap on Tuesday to reclaim their right to vote as they queued up outside polling stations in PK-93 (Upper Dir III) — the first time women in the district were allowed to vote in almost half a century.

The last time women in Upper Dir exercised their right to vote was during elections in 1970s after which they were barred from voting and a ban was imposed in the area. In the constituency of PK-93, the total number of registered voters is 148,076, out of which 57,708 are women and 90,308 are men. Out of 120 polling stations, including 14 for women in the constituency, 90 have been declared sensitive, while 30 have been marked highly sensitive. In order to prevent any untoward incident, 7,000 police personnel have been deployed at the polling stations whereas army is also on standby.

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