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Shakeel Awan leads in NA-55 by elections

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Shakeel Awan is leading in the initial vote count at NA-55 followed by chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, reported ARY NEWS here Wednesday.

None of the other 20 candidates tested their luck in today’s bye-election have so far secured highest votes in any of 105 polling stations results of those have been announced. Awan is leading in the vote count declared so far while Ahmed is trailing behind with a little margin, the channel added.

Shakeel Awan is leading with 29101 votes while Sheikh Rasheed is trailing behind with 21005 votes in 105 polling stations where the vote count has been done, the channel reports.

Around 250 polling stations were established with 597 polling booths to facilitate 334,000 voters of NA-55. The polling started at 8:00 am and continued without any major interruption till 5:00 pm, however, the voters who entered the polling station premises before end of time were allowed to cast their votes.

The overall polling atmosphere remained peaceful and under control without any major outbreak of violence. However, supporters of Sheikh Rashid and PML-N’s Shakeel Awan scuffled at some polling stations in noon, causing suspension of voting there. Later, the polling resumed and ended peacefully as security was tightened at affected sites.
More than 5,000 police personnel and Rangers were deployed to ensure smooth conduct of the poll. ARY news

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