PPP candidate secures win over GDA in Umerkot by-polls
UMERKOT: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has secured a win in the Umerkot by-polls after unconfirmed and unverified results from polling stations of the constituency showed that its candidate has got over 55,000 votes, ARY NEWS reported on Monday.
As many as 12 candidates were participating in the contest, however, the real fight was between Pakistan Peoples Party’s Ameer Ali Shah and veteran politician and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) leader Arbab Ghulam Rahim.
According to unofficial and unverified results, the PPP candidate Ameer Ali Shah has secured 55,904 votes as compared to Arbab Ghulam Rahim’s 30,921 votes after a count at all polling stations in the PS-52 Umerkot constituency.
The votes were cast in the Umerkot by-polls on a total of 128 polling stations as voting continued for the entire day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The PPP activists in the area started celebrating their victory in the polls and a large number of the party supporters gathered at the village of the PPP candidate, Kharo Syed.
PPP leaders Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari have congratulated the party officials for securing a win in the contest and said that the victory has once again proved the popularity of the party among the masses.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announced that to support Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) candidate in the by-election.
While, on the other hand, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) delegation met with Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) leader and former Sindh chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim and assured the GDA leader of full support in the PS-52 Umerkot by-poll.