A very close contest is expected between PTI’s Ali Asjad Malhi and PML-N’s Nosheen Iftikhar in today’s NA-75 by-polls.
The seat fell vacant after the death of PML-N MNA Iftikharul Hassan.
Polling started at its due time 8 am in today’s morning and will continue till 5 pm without any break. As many as 360 polling stations have been made for the 4,94000 registered voters in the constituency.
Strict security arrangements have been made for today’s by-election.
Pakistan Rangers personnel will be deployed along with police at the polling stations while the army will be on standby. CCTV cameras have been installed at the sensitive polling stations, while Section 144 has been slapped in the area.
Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja is present in the Election Commission Office Punjab to monitor the by-elections. A control room has also been set up in the Sialkot Commissioner’s Office.
Nosheen Iftikhar had expressed concern over bogus voting at 100 polling stations with the help of presiding officers and the non-installation of cameras in a letter she had written to ECP.
The ECP in its reply had said that no action can be taken against someone on mere assumptions.