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PTI wins NA-33 Hangu by-election

HANGU— Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Nadeem Khayal has won the NA-33 Hangu by-election , defeating Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) candidates.

In a big win, PTI candidate Nadeem Khayal is leading with 21,583 votes, followed by JUI-F’s Ubaid Ullah, who has secured 17,153 votes, said Preliminary and unofficial results. Nadeem Khayal maintained a magnificent lead  by a margin of about  4,430 votes, shows the ECP unofficial results.

PTI activists pursued an aggressive political campaign despites the party’s decision to withdraw all of its lawmakers from the National Assembly. PTI lawmakers had announced mass resignations from the National Assembly after their leader Imran Khan ousted as prime minister through no confidence motion.

Earlier, they took turn to lead the vote count, but the margin began to widen as results from more and more polling stations poured in.

PTI leader Shehryar Afridi congratulated Nadeem Khayal and people of the Hangue for this win.

There were five candidates in the run including PTI’s Nadeem Khayal and JUI-F’s Obaidullah.

The Election Commission set up 210 polling stations for around 314,000 voters in the constituency. Out of these, 77 polling stations were declared “very sensitive”. CCTV cameras were installed and strict security measures were taken.

The voter turnout in the bypoll for the seat remained low and at Government High School Chapri Naryab polling station, women didn’t participate in elections. According to reports, as per the decision of a local Jirga, all of the political parties agreed to not allow the women to cast their votes.

The Seat was left vacant after PTI lawmaker Haji Khayal died from heart attack.

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