2017 NA-120 by-election

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2017 Lahore by-election

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NA-120 Lahore constituency
Opinion polls
  First party Second party
  Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif - White House - 2013 (cropped).jpg No image wide.svg
Candidate Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif Yasmin Rashid
Party PML(N) PTI
Popular vote 61,745 47,099
Percentage 49.35 37.64
Swing Decrease11.19 Increase3.08

Pakistan - Punjab - Lahore.svg
Lahore District in Punjab (Pakistan)

MNA before election

Nawaz Sharif
PML (N)

Elected MNA

Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif
PML (N)

There was a by-election in the Pakistani parliamentary constituency of NA-120 on 17 September 2017, following the decision given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from public office. PML (N) candidate Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif secured 61,745 votes and defeated Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.[1]

Background[edit]

Following the decision given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from public office, a by-election was triggered in his NA-120 constituency.[1]

Immediately, speculation arose of PML (N) choosing the current Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif as a candidate for NA-120 as well as Prime Minister.[2] Later on, however, Shehbaz Sharif was said to be continuing his position as Chief Minister of Punjab until 2018, ruling him out as a candidate. Subsequently, Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, was chosen as the candidate for PML (N).[3]

Campaign[edit]

The main challenger of Kulsoom Nawaz for the seat was Dr. Yasmin Rashid of PTI, who also contested the seat in 2013.[4] She ran primarily on the issue that Nawaz Sharif and PML (N) were “corrupt” and that they did not do much for the constituency. The PML (N) campaign was run by Nawaz’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who claimed that the Supreme Court ruling was unfair and that Nawaz Sharif was the legitimate Prime Minister.[5]

Result[edit]

Previous Result[edit]

Nawaz Sharif won this seat with 91,666 votes.

General Election 2013: NA-120 (Lahore-III)
Party Candidate Votes %
PML(N) Nawaz Sharif 91,666 60.54
PTI Dr. Yasmin Rashid 52,321 34.56
PPP Zubair Kardar 2,604 1.72
Others Others 4,812 3.18
Valid ballots 151,403 98.68
Rejected ballots 2,031 1.32
Turnout 153,434 51.87
Majority 39,345 25.98
PML(N) hold

Result[edit]

Kulsoom Nawaz won this seat for PML (N), albeit with a much reduced majority of 14,646 due to gains by PTI and small Islamist Parties.

Bye-election 2017: NA-120 (Lahore-III)
Party Candidate Votes %
PML(N) Kulsoom Nawaz 61,745 49.35
PTI Dr. Yasmin Rashid 47,099 37.64
Independent Shekh Azher Rizvi 7,130 5.70
Independent Qari Yaqoob Sheikh 5,822 4.65
PPP Faisal Mir 1,414 1.13
JI Ziauddin Ansari 592 0.47
Independent Zubair Ahmed Khan Niazi 534 0.43
Independent Muhammad Ishfaq Malik 92 0.07
Independent Mirza Muhammad Ashraf Baig 76 0.06
Independent Sajida Mir 62 0.05
Independent Malik Munsif Nawaz 58 0.05
Independent Qaiser Mehmood 46 0.04
Independent Tayyap Jamil Khizri 42 0.03
Independent Muhammad Hadi Shah 38 0.03
Independent Muhammad Naveed Nawaz 33 0.03
Independent Inam Ullah Khan 31 0.02
Independent Sumera Ali 26 0.02
Independent Ameer Bahadur Khan Hoti 26 0.02
Independent Nasir Salim 24 0.02
Independent Aajasam Sharif 22 0.02
Independent Javid Yousif 19 0.02
Independent Abdul Rehman Mehmood 17 0.01
Independent Allama Ghulam Shabir Sial 17 0.01
PFP Atta Muhammad Kasuri 15 0.01
PML-C Chaudhry Abid Hussain 15 0.01
Independent Muhammad Khurram 12 0.01
PPP-SB Syed Muhammad Shakil Shah Gilani 11 0.01
MOP Rohi Bano Khokhar 10 0.01
Independent Sarfraz Qureshi 10 0.01
Independent Arshad Mehmood Bhatt 10 0.01
Independent Parvaiz Akhtar Gujjar 8 0.01
Independent Hafiz Mian Muhammad Nauman 8 0.01
Independent Sardar Micheal Faris Saroiya 8 0.01
Independent Syed Muhammad Wasim Shah 8 0.01
Independent Nadeem Hafeez Khan 7 0.01
Independent Nawaz Doctor Ambar Shahzada 7 0.01
Independent Chaudhry Hasnain Gondal 7 0.01
Independent Irfan Khalid 7 0.01
Independent Liaquat Abbas Bhatti 5 0.00
Independent Noor Naeem Khan 5 0.00
Independent Mian Liaeeq ur Rehman 4 0.00
Independent Yasir Islam Shaikh 4 0.00
Independent Hafiz Khalid Waleed 3 0.00
Valid ballots 125,129 98.78
Rejected ballots 1,731 1.22
Majority 14,646 11.71
Turnout 126,860 39.42
PML(N) hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bilal, Muhammad (1 August 2017). "Nawaz seat: Election in NA-120 to take place on September 17". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif names brother as successor".
  3. ^ "Kulsoom Nawaz submits nomination papers for NA-120 by-poll - The Express Tribune". tribune.com.pk. 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ "NA-120 by-poll: PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid's nomination papers accepted".
  5. ^ "On the NA-120 campaign trail". www.geo.tv. 15 September 2017.