Preparations in full swing, PML-N candidate talks to TPD
Preparations are in full swing for the by-election on April 10 in NA-75 Daska, in Punjab’s Sialkot district, which fell vacant after PML-N MNA Syed Iftikharul Hassan Shah died of a heart attack in August 2020.
Nine candidates are in the race for the NA-75 seat, but a tough competition is expected between the PML-N’s Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar and PTI’s Ali Asjad Malhi. Contesting candidates can submit their papers from April 8 to April 9, the Election Commission announced.
It instructed all political parties to end their campaigning 48 hours before the by-election. “Those who violate the orders can be imprisoned for a maximum of two years and a fine of 100,000 will be imposed on them,” the ECP notification said.
Violence had marred the NA-75 by-election (Daska) which had taken place on February 19, before the 2021 Senate Election, as firing incidences took the lives of two people and injured a few.
Meanwhile, the two rival political factions had blamed each other for ruining the voting process by generating violence, after which the Election Commission of Pakistan ordered re-polling in the entire Daska constituency.
PML-N candidate exclusive conversation with The Pakistan Daily
Talking about her campaign with The Pakistan Daily, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, the daughter of former MNA and senior PML-N leader Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, said, “All is going well. Our people are very charged. Our voters are loitering for April 10 [polling day] and to cast vote.”
She pointed out the women voters and said that they are having the same stance about our win and we will win with great lead.
Responding to a question about the usage of state machinery this time, the female candidate said: “The longing is that nothing to this extent will transpire, and I ween ECP will strictly monitor it.”
Giving message to the ruling rival party, PTI, she said: “The people had previously been suffered for the final time what you have planned for. And now you [should] eschew it and everyone else acknowledge that the present elections are going to be held anew for the people. So guard it and let the people render their droit and not harass them.”
“These people are my strength and my first priority,” she said. “I want Daska, like other cities in Pakistan, to have better health, education wise at the top of their list, along with development work.”