PESHAWAR - Polling for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s vacant seat from constituency PK-70, Bannu, in the by-election will be held today (Tuesday), wherein it is expected that JUI-F will easily win the seat.

The seat fell vacant after the sudden death of Ziad Akram Durrani, son of ex-chief minister Akram Khan Durrani. The JUI-F candidate Irfanullah Khan Durrani is the cousin of late lawmaker Ziad Akram Durrani. He is the only candidate who is taking part in the election by representing a political party as the remaining four others aspirants who are also trying their luck are independent.

Remaining candidates in the run are Malik Mohammad Ashfaq, Malik Saadullah Khan, Zafar Ali Khan, Sadiqur Rehman and Rehmatullah alias Kaka Jan.

The polling will take place amid tight security arrangements. Total number of registered voters in the constituency is 124,938, of whom 75241 are male and 49697 female. About 102 poling stations along with 249 polling booths have been set up for the by-polls, of the four polling stations have been declared sensitive.

Regional Election Commissioner Kohat Mohammad Yousaf Khan Khattak has been nominated as District Returning Officer and District Election Commissioner Bannu Ghulam Sarwar as Returning Officer.  JUI-F has a strong position in the constituency so it was expected that it will easily win the seat as PPP and PML-N have already withdrew from the run on the seat.