LAHORE: Polling began at 8:00AM for by-election on the National Assembly’s NA-122 (Lahore), NA-144 (Okara) and the Punjab Assembly’s PP-147 seats on Sunday.
The voting process was scheduled to continue uninterrupted until 5:00PM for the biggest by-elections in Pakistan’s history that is likely to decide the future course of the country’s politics.
The key battle was taking place in Lahore, traditionally considered the epicentre of the country’s politics.
By-elections are being held for National Assembly’s NA-122 and provincial assembly’s PP-147 in the Punjab capital. By-poll for NA-144 Okara are also taking place today.
A close fight is expected between the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by flamboyant cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
Strict security arrangements have been made for the by-polls as Pakistan Army personnel alongside police was deployed at sensitive polling stations to avoid any untoward incidents.