LAHORE: Seventeen candidates, 347,762 voters, and 283 polling stations, all set for do or die day. Strong competition between candidate of ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and opposition Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) is expected today.
347, 762 voters will cast their vote in favor of one candidate from total of seventeen. Voters distribution is as: male voters are 190,328 and female are 157,434. Arrangement for the day has been finalized. Security matters are under the control of Punjab Rangers and Pak Army.
Prominent candidates out of 17 are Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N, Abdul Aleem Khan of PTI and Barrister Mian Aamir Hassan of PPP.
Polling started at 08:00 a.m and will end at 05:00 without any break.
According to Returning Officer Javed Iqbal, “Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will use the specially prepared ‘magnetic ink’ in NA-122 by-poll. The same ink will also be used in in NA-144 and PP-147 by-polls to ensure that National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) could verify the originality of the voters through thumb impressions.”
NA-122 was one of four constituencies which formed the bedrock of PTI’s allegations of massive poll rigging that it claimed the PML-N indulged with the connivance of Election Commission officials to pave the way for its return to power.
3000 policemen, 1000 army personnel and another 150 Rangers personnel have been deployed for the day till counting.
On August 22, 2015, Ayaz Sadiq was deseated by election tribunal. The tribunal ordered for reelection in his NA-122 constituency due to a number of irregularities found in the elections of the constituency.