ZIARAT – Polling in the PB-77 constituency of Balochistan Assembly started Sunday morning.

The polling is expected to go on until 5 PM.

According to the district returning officer (DRO) of Ziarat, eight candidates are contesting for the seat in Sanjavi in the district.

A tough competition is expected among three candidates – Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) Khaleel-ur-Rehman Domar, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party’s Sardar Habib-ur-Rehman and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Noor Muhammad Domar.

The DRO added 21 polling stations have been declared sensitive. Therefore, more than 2,000 security personnel have been deployed for the safety of voters during the process.

Over 59,000 people in the constituency are expected to cast their votes. Out of the count, 32,405 are male voters while 27,323 are female voters from the constituency.

The by-election is being held to fill the seat that fell vacant after the death of JUI-F’s Gul Muhammad Domar. He died of heart failure earlier this year.