Karachi will hold a highly anticipated by-election in the NA-249 constituency tomorrow (April 29).
NA-249 has a population of 782,776 of which only 339,591, which means over 43%, are registered to vote. There are 216,056 male voters in the area, while the number of female voters is 137,935.
Some well-known areas in the constituency include Delhi Colony, Mujahid Colony, Baldia, and Saeedabad, while the prominent ethnic groups in this working-class neighbourhood comprise Urdu-speaking people, Pashtuns, Kashmiris, and the Seraiki-speaking lot.
Thirty candidates participated in the election, including Miftah Ismail of PML-N and Mustafa Kamal, the former mayor of Karachi.
However, no matter who wins, some unresolved problems in the constituency remain unresolved, including water shortages and poor sewage treatment systems, broken roads, no government hospitals in the area, and drug trafficking.
The ECP has ordered the strict implementation of the Coronavirus SOP during the NA-249 poll. Special personnel will also be deployed to implement the coronavirus SOP.
Last month, the ECP had announced the schedule for by-polls in NA-249 after PTI’s Faisal Vawda resigned from the National Assembly seat.
Vawda had resigned after casting his vote in the Senate elections on March 3. He had won the seat during the 2018 general election after securing 35,344 votes.