ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has finalized all arrangements to hold bye-election in NA-120 Lahore-III in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner on Sunday (today).
As many as 44 candidates including 32 independent and 12 ticket holders of different political parties are taking part in the bye-election, said an official of the ECP.
Candidates of major political parties included Begum Kalsoom Nawaz from Pakistan Muslim League (N), Faisal Mir from Pakistan People’s Party and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
He said that the constituency has total 3,21,786 registered voters, out of which 1,79,642 are male while 1,42,144 are female voters.
He said that total 220 polling stations including 103 male, 98 female and 19 combined polling station have been set up for bye-election. He added in total 573 polling booths 312 male and 261 female pooling booths have been set-up by the ECP.
He said that 220 Presiding Officer, 573 Assistant Presiding Officers and 573 Polling Officers would discharge their duties on the polling day.
He said that seven monitoring teams have been constituted with 20 officials from Islamabad and four provinces for bye-election. These well-equipped teams with having cameras, transport and supporting staff will start their duties from Saturday evening.
He said that these teams will monitor the observance of code of conduct and performance of biometric machines and send report to the ECP.
The official said that these teams will also immediate report to Returning Officer concerned, District Returning Officer, Provincial Election Commissioner Punjab, Central Monitoring Committee Islamabad and the ECP in case of violation of code of conduct in the constituency through telephone, fax, whatsapp or email.
He said that on receiving any such report from the team, the commission will take action.
He said that senior officials of ECP’s IT wing are also included in these teams, who will examine the performance and other aspects of BVM machines on technical grounds and send report to the ECP.
He said that the commission was already strictly monitoring the code of conduct for bye-election and never allow any candidate or political party to violate code of conduct.
He said that the commission has already served a notice to the federal and provincial ministers and directed them not to participate in political activities otherwise strict legal action will be taken against them.