ISLAMaBAD - Political analysts commenting on the expected outcome of Thursday's by-polls have said that the voters trend cannot be judged as there is general despondency among the masses because the major players in these elections - Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz), Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf, Muttahida Qoumi Movement and Jamiat-I-Ulema-I-Islam - fell far short of the promises they had made with people during their election campaigns in the general elections held in May last.
If the steps so far taken by the Federal Government led by PML-N had brought in a flood of inflation and hike in the prices of daily use commodities, the performance of PTI in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa could not be termed ideal either, because the PTI promises and pledges of change seemed evaporating in thin air and status quo is prevailing in the province and corruption and nepotism is the order of the day.
In these circumstances one could not gauge the public pulse and predict about the results of one of the biggest by-polls in the country's history where elections on some 15 National Assembly and 26 provincial assemblies seats is scheduled for today.
Though the turnout in by-polls normally remains low but in the prevailing circumstances where terrorists were seemed at liberty to hit anywhere and anytime at the place of their choice the turnout could plunge down further and political analysts were of the view that it would be fair enough if voters turnout will remain within the range of 30 to 35 per cent.
Pakistan Tehreek-I-Inaf has made public its 'white paper' just a day ahead of polling for the by-polls and it was termed as a smart political move by many a political observers which according to them would help PTI in getting some extra benefit in the elections, but some observers were of the view that it would hardly make any impact on the elections results.
However, they admitted that this move on part of PTI would work as deterrence in the expected rigging in these by-polls.
JUI-F chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman has also expressed a sort of no-trust on the elections and grilled the Election Commission of Pakistan for deferring the elections on NA-25 a D.I.Khan-cum-Tank seat owing to security reasons, while PTI Chairman Imran Khan was also making hue and cry about the expected rigging in the elections, casting serious doubts about the credibility of the by-polls.
PTI's drumming up of alleged rigging plans of PML-N ahead of polling day was just a political manoeuvring aimed at forestalling such moves, if at all any, planned by the ruling party and to put them under pressure a political analyst said and added that otherwise in the presence of vigilant election staff and vibrant media it would hard to rig the elections at massive level.