ISLAMABAD - A total of 503 candidates are contesting the by-elections today (Thursday) on 41 general seats comprising of 8536617 voters, as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) completes the polls' preparations.
Compiled by The Nation, a detailed statistical break-up containing the relevant facts and figures about the by-polls suggests that 4834040 voters registered in the 41 electoral constituencies are male while the number of female voters is 3702577. This implies that over 56 percent of the total registered by-polls' voters are male and 44 percent are female.
As many as 4794265 persons are the registered voters for 15 NA by-polls constituencies. They comprise of 2712575 male and 2081960 female voters. The total number of NA registered voters in Punjab is 2311978, comprising of 1288203 male and 1023775 female voters. Sindh has 963258 voters comprising of 543809 male and 419449 female voters. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 1334280 voters comprising of 763270 male and 571010 female voters whereas Balochistans' 184749 voters have 117293 male and 67456 female voters.
Punjab has seven by-polls seats for NA. KP has four, Sindh: three, and Balochistan: one.
The total number of provincial assemblies by-polls seats is 26. Of them, 15 Punjab Assembly, four seats each in Sindh and KP Assemblies and three Balochistan Assembly seats are having the polls.
The total number of voters for the provincial assemblies by-polls seats is 3742352 consisting of 2121465 male and 1620887 female voters. Punjab has the highest number of 2471219 voters comprising of 1399285 male and 1071934 female voters. Sindhs' 573027 voters have 317379 male and 255648 female votes. KP: 486551 voters, male: 284975 and female: 201576 whereas Balochistan Assembly's three seats have 211555 voters having 119826 male and 91729 female voters.
Out of the 503 by-elections' contestants, 195 are contesting for the NA seats compared to 308 contenders for the provincial assemblies seats.
From Punjab, 94 of 264 candidates are contesting polls for the seven NA seats and 170 for 15 Punjab Assembly seats. The total number of by-polls contenders from Sindh is 128 comprising of 46 candidates for three NA and 82 for four Sindh Assembly seats. In KP, 44 of 71 candidates eye four NA and 27 eye four KP Assembly seats. As many as 11 of 40 candidates in Balochistan are in run for an NA and 29 for three Balochistan Assembly seats.
The only general seat where by-elections have been postponed due to security reasons is NA-25 Dera Ismail Khan-cum-Tank. Including the 17 candidates from the said constituency, the total number of by-polls contestants was to be 520. The number of registered voters in this constituency is 366550 comprising of 204767 male and 161783 female voters. Including the NA-25 voters, the total number of by-polls' voters and that of the male and female voters would respectively become 8903167 voters comprising of 5038807 (male) and 3864360 (female) voters.
With the exclusion of the 308 polling stations of NA-25 and abolition of 16 polling stations, 10 in Balochistan and six in KP (due to floods-caused damages,) the number of total polling stations set up in the 41 constituencies has been reduced from 7622 to 7298. As many as 3861 polling stations have been set up in Punjab, KP: 1895, Sindh: 1184 and Balochistan: 358.
Overall, the highly sensitive polling stations number had been revised from 1657 to 1840 while that of the sensitive polling stations from 1987 to 2686, which made a total of 4526 polling stations that were to be guarded by the military.
However, omitting all the 308 highly sensitive polling stations of NA-25, the number of highly sensitive polling stations becomes 1532, which implies that 4218 polling stations are to be military-guarded. The number of sensitive polling stations is 2686.
Nearly 50000 military troops on Wednesday evening took security control of the highly sensitive and sensitive polling stations.
Seven to 10 military troops were deployed outside all the 7298 polling stations while three to five military troops were to be deployed inside 1532 highly sensitive polling stations in the early hours of Thursday (today).
Meanwhile, the 10 million ballot papers printed for the by-polls would be reaching the polling stations from the ECP offices today early hours. On the commissions' directions, the presiding officers faxed on Wednesday night the confirmation regarding the completion of the by-elections arrangements.