Imran defeats PDM’s joint candidate in Kurram by-polls

Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday won the NA-45 Kurram by-election by defeating Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) candidate Jamil Khan with a margin of 8,039 votes.

According to unofficial and unconfirmed results, Imran secured 20,748 votes against the rival candidate, a joint candidate of the ruling Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM). Jamail Khan bagged 12,718 votes.

Reacting to the party victory in the by-polls, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan said the people of the province had once again reposed full confidence in the leadership of the PTI chief.

“The band of thieves is completely rejected,” he said, congratulating the workers and supporters of the party.

Polling for the vacant seat of the National Assembly constituency NA-45 Kurram in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa began at 8am and continued till 5pm without any break.

On Saturday, the spokesman for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) KP division said that there were 198,618 registered voters among which 111,349 were men and 87,269 women.

He added a total of 143 polling stations had been set up, out of which 119 had been declared “very sensitive”, while 24 polling stations were categorised as “sensitive”.

A total of 16 candidates contested for the NA seat, including Imran Khan, Jamil Khan and Sher Muhammad Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), as well as independent candidates.

Despite disqualification in the Toshakhana reference case, Imran Khan is still not legally barred from contesting future elections and was allowed to run for NA-45 (Kurram-I) by-election.

A team of ECP consisting of members from its legal wing had declared the PTI chief eligible for the by-election after reviewing the case thoroughly and had also informed the regional election commissioner of Kurram about the same.

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