Karachi: The re-polling was held at 43 polling stations in Pakistan's violence-plagued city of Karachi where an extremely low voter turnout was reported.

The re-poll of an eligible 86,316 voters was ordered in 43 polling stations in the upmarket south districts under a constituency known as NA-250 following allegations of vote-rigging during the landmark general elections on May 11.

Although around 5,000 security personnel including police, rangers and military were deployed inside and outside the polling stations, the turnout remained extremely low.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and PPP have boycotted the re-polling after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected their demands of a re-do for the entire constituency and not just 43 polling stations.

"The low turnout is because the Election Commission of Pakistan should have given more time for re-polling. There was confusion among the people whether the re-polling will be held after the murder of Zara Shahid," a PTI supporter said in Delhi colony

Zahra Shahid Hussain, the vice president of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf's Sindh chapter, was gunned down outside her residence on Saturday.


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