PTI’s Wasif Mazhar Raan wins PP-218 by-poll while securing 46,988 votes
MULTAN: Malik Wasif Mazhar Raan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the PP-218 by-election while securing 46,988 votes on Sunday.
His rival Malik Arshad Raan of the PPP was at the second place with 39,486 votes. Malik Arshad Raan was also backed by PML-N.
Besides the PTI and PPP candidates, Malik Shahid Abbas Raan, Mohammad Tufail, Mohammad Ramzan and Mohammad Israrul Haq Cheema – all independent candidates — contested the by-election.
After the victory, PTI workers danced to the beat of drums and distributed sweets. An excellent display of fireworks was held on the occasion.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar has congratulated Malik Wasif Raan on the victory. He said that the by-elections have proved that the people trust the policies of the PTI which is the most popular party now. “The people are with fair and sincere leadership,” he said.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, said that the PTI has easily defeated a joint candidate of the PPP and the PML-N and several other parties. He said that the people are united against the corrupt coterie.
Punjab Minister for Information Pir Sumsam Ali Shah Bukhari has also congratulated Wasif Raan on the victory. He said that the PTI government has won the hearts of the people by launching a campaign against corruption.
As many as 203,188 voters cast their votes. Strict security measures were made on the occasion. Police personnel were present in and out of the polling stations. The seat had fallen vacant after the death of MPA Mazhar Abbas Raan.
In total, 138 polling stations – 25 for males, 24 for females and 89 combined, were set up for the by-polls.
MPA Malik Mazhar Abbas Raan had won the seat with 45,817 votes in the 2018 general elections. PPP candidate Malik Mohammad Abbas had bagged 37,417 votes. PML-N’s Zaffar Ahmed had secured 25,000 votes.