DERA ISMAIL KHAN: According to unconfirmed results, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) candidate is in the lead in the by-elections for PK-68 Dera Ismail Khan, said media reports.

PTI’s Ehtesham Javed Akbar reportedly secured 37,178 votes, while his opponent, Makhdom Mureed Kazim Shah, an independent candidate, secured 32,640 votes.

In general elections 2013, PTI candidate Humayun Khan had secure just 1,613 votes.

The voting started at 8am and continued till 5pm. With a total of 127,617 voters registered in the constituency, 108 polling stations were set up. Thirty-one of these stations were declared “highly sensitive” while 29 were declared “sensitive”.

There are 13 candidates vying for the Paharpur seat, but the by-election is likely to be a two-horse race between Shah and PTI’s Akbar Strict security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident and there is an official holiday throughout the district.–Monitoring Desk

PK-68 fell vacant on December 12, 2013 when election tribunal judge Yahya Zahid Gilani disqualified independent candidate Javed Akbar Khan for submitting a fake degree and ordered a re-election.

Akbar had won the seat in the general elections of 2013 by obtaining 41,349 votes. In the 2013 elections, voter turnout was 66.44% and Javed won by a margin of over 10,000 votes.