Winning the National Assembly seat in Bannu won’t be easy this time around. The three major candidates will have their work cut out for them on October 14, the day of the by-election.
Prime Minister Imran Khan vacated the NA-35 seat and now the contest will be between the PTI, MMA and an independent candidate.
In the running from the PTI is the son of former MNA Maulana Saeed Naseeb Ali Shah, Maulana Saed Naseem Ali Shah.
He will be going up against Malik Nasir Khan, a PTI leader who is contesting the election independently because he wasn’t given a ticket.
But the real competition will be coming from the MMA’s Zahid Akram Khan Durrani, son of former federal minister Akram Khan Durrani who lost the election to PM Khan on July 25.
The premier got 113,000 votes and defeated the former minister by 7,000 votes.
But despite this loss, the odds are in Zahid’s favour. The JUI-F has won the election from this constituency nine out of 12 times. One of the times it lost was to Nasir Khan, who was then part of the PML-N.
The JUI-F has a long history in the constituency and a lot of its members are in the local government.
Zahid also has the support of the PPP, ANP, PML-N and other parties
There are 578,872 votes registered in the area and 433 polling stations. There will be 328,817 men voting and 250,055 women.
Voters in the area will cast their votes at 1,600 polling booths.