LAHORE: Polling for NA-120 started at 8;00 am across the 220 polling stations. 103 polling stations reserved for men voters, 98 for women, 19 polling station will be used by both gender. 18% voters of the constituency will cast vote through bio metric machines.
A number of voters have turned up to cast their vote in what looks to be a close competition between PML-N and PTI. Voters are complaining that the process inside the polling stations is taking too long and that the Election Commission of Pakistan should take notice. Some of the polling stations were reported to be without electricity, causing inconvenience to the voters.
The by-election is being contested by Begum Kulsoom Nawaz of PML-N, Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Faisal Mir of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Advocate Ziauddin Ansari of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), among others.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has printed 350,000 ballot papers for the constituency’s 324,786 registered voters.
All polling stations in the constituency have been declared sensitive by the ECP. Extra police and Rangers personnel are deployed across NA-120, with the Pakistan Army in support.
The army also provided security during the printing of ballot papers and was responsible for transporting the ballot boxes and other election material to the polling stations.
The polling will conclude at 5pm.