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PPP’s Malik Tehmash leads PK-8 by-election

PESHAWAR: Polling in Khyber Pakhutnkhwa (KPK) provincial Assembly seat PK-8 is under way and according to latest reports from Peshawar, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) candidate Tehmash Khan is leading with close margin, reported.

According to results from 93 polling stations, PPP’s Tehmash Khan is leading the race with over 11,000 votes, while Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) candidate Arbab Wasim Hayat is second in the row with 10,910 votes.

Results from 5 polling stations are still pending, but Tehmash Khan’s supporters have already begun to celebrate the victory with aerial-firing near his residence.

Security concerns loom over the by-election as 40 polling centres were declared extremely sensitive, 47, sensitive and 11 were declared normal. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Shehzad Khan, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s (JUI) Asif Iqbal, Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Malik Tehmash and Awami National Party’s (ANP) Ejaz Samyab among 15 contestants.

Earlier, it was expected that PTI, JUI and PPP would line by one another in the results with close margins.

Total 1.36 lac voters are registered in PK-8, however, turnout is dismal in the early hours. Media are permitted limited coverage of the by-election.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) had withdrawn in favour of PTI earlier.