Thrilling contest likely to take place in NA-240 constituency: report


KARACHI: As the elections date is coming closer and the contestants continue their campaigning, a thrilling contest is likely to take place in the NA-240 (Korangi Karachi II) constituency between Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, Pak Sarzameen Party and Mohajir Qaumi Movement, better known as MQM-Haqiqi.

According to a local media report, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and five-party religious alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal also have stakes in this constituency which covers a major part of Korangi sub-division and almost all of Landhi sub-division.

The total population of the constituency is 853,973 while the registered voters in NA-240 were 475,523 including 271,160 male and 204,363 female voters. A total of 292 polling stations and 1,168 polling booths will be set up for elections in the constituency.

MQM once had a stronghold in the NA-240 which looked like an unbeatable political force since its candidate had won the seat twice since 2008.

However, now the scenario has changed as the party has been facing the worst infighting within its ranks and many groups have splintered from it, which may weaken the party’s grip on the seat.

In 2013, PTI bagged the second highest number of votes and is likely to give a tough time to its opponents.