Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

High-stakes NA-120 contest today

High-stakes NA-120 contest today

It is being expected that a neck to neck contest would be held between two women candidates, Begum Kalsoom Nawaz of PML-N and Dr. Yasmin Rashid, a candidate of PTI.

It is pertinent to mention here that the seat fell vacant after Supreme Court (SC) disqualified Nawaz Sharif over Panama Leaks case on July 28.

Analysts say Sunday's by-poll will be a key indicator as to whether Sharif's dismissal has led to an erosion of support.They expect Sharif to hold onto the constituency, but feels the poll is an important bellwether for upcoming national elections in mid-2018.

The polling for by-election in Lahore's NA-120 constituency has begun at 8am and will continue till 5pm amid stringent security measures.

He said that total 220 polling stations including 103 male, 98 female and 19 combined polling station have been set up for bye-election.

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"Do you accept this unjust verdict", She asked the NA-120 voters, adding "If you are against the verdict then vote for lion on September 17".

The contest is likely to be fierce between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)'s Dr Yasim Rashid. Extra police and Rangers personnel are deployed across NA-120, with the Pakistan Army in support.

Meanwhile, as many as 29,607 voters remained unvaried.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday served notices to leaders of the ruling PML-N and PTI for spearheading their respective political campaigns before the by-polls in the NA-120 constituency, terming it a violation of the commission's code of conduct. Imran Khan also took part in the electioneering by chairing a public meeting in the constituency on September 14.

The contesting candidates and workers of the political parties went door to door, persuading residents of the constituency to vote for them.

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