HARIPUR, Aug 16: Polling time has on Sunday ended in NA-19 Haripur where a tough contest is expected between Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). Counting of the votes has started. It is the first time in Pakistan’s history that biometric system has been used in an election on National Assembly seat.
According to unofficial, unverified results of 200 polling stations, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Babar Nawaz is leading with 70,819 votes while the PTI candidate follows with 33,755 votes. Celebrations have already started at Babar Nawaz s house in Haripur.
According to details, there are 513 polling stations in the constituency, out of which 209 were declared sensitive while 42 were declared highly sensitive. Over 15,000 police and Frontier Corps (FC) officials have been deployed in the constituency due to security threats and Section 144 has been imposed throughout the district.
Tough contest is expected between PML-N’s Babar Nawaz and PTI’s Raja Aamir Zaman. Tahir Qureshi is the candidate for Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Safeer Muhammad Gujjar from All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and two independent candidates Alam Zaib Shah and Aqeel Durrani are also part of the contest.
Raja Aamir Zaman of PTI had won on this seat in the General Election 2013 but Election Tribunal had ordered re-poll on 7 polling stations after which Umar Ayyub Khan of PML-N had secured the victory by 600 votes. Later on, Supreme Court had ordered re-election on this seat.