Polling starts for NA-120 by-election

17 September, 2017, 07:54 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • LHC throws out petitions challenging Kalsoom’s candidature

The whole nation has set eyes on this high value by-election being held on the seat vacated by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the wake of his disqualification by the Supreme Court in the Panama leaks case.

Polling in NA-120 will start at 8am and continue till 5pm without break.

There are 321,786 registered voters in the constituency out of which 179,642 are male and 142,144 are female.

It is the first time in Pakistan that biometric verification machines have been installed at 39 polling stations.

Meanwhile, as many as 29,607 voters remained unvaried. Extra police and Rangers personnel are deployed across NA-120, with the Pakistan Army in support. The main areas falling in this constituency are: Jinnah Hall, Rewaz Garden, Islampura, Afghan Park, Chohan Park, Kasurpura, Pir Makki, Karim Park, Gunj Kalan, Riaz Shahid Road, Data Darbar, Mozang, Sadi Park and Baden Road.

Reacting to the ruling, 43-year-old Maryam, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said revenge was taken in the name of accountability.

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.

The city is widely acknowledged as political hub of the PML-N since early 90's.

Kalsoom Nawaz has not taken part in the electioneering since she is under treatment for her cancer disease in London.

As the former first lady is now undergoing medical treatment in London, her daughter Maryam spearheaded the campaign in the constituency.

Rashid says her contest is not against Kulsoom but the federal and provincial governments of the PML-N and the Sharif family. "Do you accept this unjust verdict?" she asked her supporters, adding, "If you are against the verdict, then vote for lion on 17 September".

The ECP also summoned the Punjab chief secretary to appear before it on September 20 for a hearing into the violation of its code of conduct.

Two candidates supported by key religious groups are also in the field.

Surprisingly, no candidate of three leading parties has their vote registered in the constituency NA-120 for which they are contesting.

Abid Hussain (Minar-e-Pakistan), Liaqat Abbas (electric heater), Khalid Waleed (stapler), Mian Muhammad Nauman (laptop), Mirza Muhammad Ashraf (missile), Dr Yasmin Rashid (bat), Rohi Bano Khokhar (duck), Sajida Mir (victory sign), Sarfraz Qureshi (fridge), Sumaira Ali (lotus), Muhammad Shakeel (water tank), Muhammad Waseem (electric water pump), Azhar Hussain Rizvi (crane), Ziauddin Ansari (scale), Abdul Rehman (roller of wood), Irfan Khalid (deep freezer).

Hadi Shah (geyser), Yaqoob Sheikh (emergency saver), Munsif Awan (coat), Laiq-ur-Reham (drum), Nasir Saleem (railway track), Nadeem Hafeez (table tennis ball), Ambar Shahzada (tawa), Noor Naeem (dhol) and Yasir Islam (curtain).

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