Quetta: The polling for Balochistan Assembly seat PB-26 is underway in Quetta on Monday (today) in high security standards.
The polling began at 8:00 am ion the morning and will continue till 5:00 Pm without any break.
The seat was left vacant to the Election Commission of Pakistan after Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) member Ahmed Kohzad was declared as disqualified for being a foreign national.
During 20198 general elections, Kohzad was elected from PB-26 in the seat, defeating a contestant from Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F). The opponent candidate had challenged his Pakistani citizenship and he was later disqualified over owning a foreign nationality.
According to the election commission, 18 candidates are foighting over this seat but the main competition is expected between Qadir Nail of the HDP, Maulana Wali Turabi of the JUI-F and Syed Mohammad Raza of the Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen.
Election Commission of Pakistan handed over the election material to the provincial government that was sent to 49 polling stations in the constituency, altogether 57,675 votes are registered in that constituency.
Nearly all the polling stations have been declared sensitive and nine of them are labelled ‘extremely sensitive’.
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code have been imposed in the constituency and none except the police can carry weapons .