PPP candidate Abdul Qadir Gilani has won the by-election in NA-151 after the seat was left vacant following the disqualification of his father, former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.
The seat had fallen vacant after former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was disqualified from his post by the Supreme Court in a contempt of court case earlier this year. Gilani’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani was selected by the ruling PPP to contest on the seat.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, and Minister Information Qamar Zaman Kaira congratulated Abdul Qadir Gilani on the victory. Ashraf said conducting free and fair by-elections in NA-151 were a good omen for democracy in Pakistan.
President Zardari also felicitated former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on his son’s electoral victory.
According to unofficial results, in a close race, Gilani narrowly defeated independent candidate Shaukat Boson by securing 64,628 votes.According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 245 polling stations had been set up across the Multan constituency out of which 64 had been declared sensitive while a public holiday was also declared in the backdrop of the by-election.
During polling an open violation of the code of conduct set by the ECP was witnessed.For the first time in history, the ECP had decided to provide transport to voters in the by-election for NA 151 in the light of June 8th decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Malik Ishaq Bucha was also supposed to be running for the seat from Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), but he left his party to join the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) earlier this month. The PML-N then announced its support for Bosan, who is the brother of Sikandar Bosan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
Sikandar Bosan had also taken back his nomination papers after his party decided to boycott the by-elections.