- Daska was initially a stronghold of the PPP, but has now become a stronghold of the PML-N since the 1990s.
- In the last two elections, the PML-N’s vote share ranged from 40 to 58 percent.
- The ruling PTI had won 26% and 24% votes in the last two elections.
Daska is known as an industrial area, but it recently gained the nation’s attention after violent by-elections in February and subsequent court battles between the PML-N and the PPP.
Following the disputed by-election, the Election Commission ordered re-election in the entire NA-75 constituency, largely against the wishes of the PTI candidate.
The PTI challenged the ECP’s order in the Supreme Court, but the petition was rejected and the apex court asked the Election Commission to hold by-polls on April 10 as scheduled.
Take a look at the results of this constituency since 1970.
In the 1970 and 1977 elections, the PPP, like other places in Sialkot, won the seat.
The party’s candidate, Khurshid Alam, managed to maintain the PPP’s winning streak in the 1988 elections, but the party’s fortunes plummeted after the election when its vote bank began to fall.
In 1990, Islamic Democratic Alliance (IJI) candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan ended the PPP’s tenure in the seat.
Syed Iftikharul Hassan of PML-N won the seat in 1993 and 1997.
When re-election took place in 2002, the PML-Q candidate, now a member of the PTI, Ali Asjad Malhi, won the seat. Her victory was largely due to Hassan’s incompetence on a fake degree.
In the 2008, 2013 and 2018 elections, the PML-N won seats back from Millia. In 2008, Syed Murtaza Amin, husband of current PML-N candidate Noshin Iftikhar, won his party’s seat. In the last two general elections, Hassan stood on the PML-N ticket and won the seat again.
The PML-N’s winning vote rate ranged from 40% to 58%, while the ruling PTI won 26% and 24% in the last two elections.
In the 2018 general elections, the biggest factor hurting the PTI and the PML-N was the TLP, which garnered 14,801 votes.
Constituency NA-75 has more than 823,000 voters and the turnout has been more than 55% in the last three elections.
In the by-elections on April 10, a close contest is expected between Iftikhar of PML-N and Millia of the ruling PTI.