Low turnout shows lack of trust

RAWALPINDI - Low turnout in by-election in Rawalpindi indicates lack of public trust towards the ruling coalition. People demand decrease in prices of edible items and other utilities. Although the candidates of ruling coalition won the Rawalpindi seats but people showed less interest in the voting, reveals a survey conducted by TheNation here on Saturday. A voter of NA-55 Safeer, 38, said. "I did not take part in election because I had no time for such a purposeless activity." Captain (Retd) Safdar of PML-N defeated Raja Nasir of PML-Q with heavy margin but an astonishing turnout came in NA-55 where winning candidate Haji Pervaiz Khan got 25,237 votes according to unofficial results. Haji Pervaiz got far lesser votes than Javed Hashmi, who had bagged 70,000 in February 18 election. Moreover, Haji Perviz Khan was a joint candidate of PML-N and PPP. Aamir Fida Paracha was his main supporter and he had visited different polling stations but despite this, Haji couldn't get expected votes. In February 18 election, over 100,000 votes had been polled but in by-election, its number was very less. One of the reasons was that the coaliton government failed to address people's problems, especially the rampant inflation. Another reason of the low turnout was that the government, despite the commitment at Bhurban, did not restore the deposed judges. A youth, Asad, who boycotted the by-polls, said, "Coalition government is losing its image by not honouring its promises and commitments."

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