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Voting underway for Pakistan by-polls

IANS  |  Islamabad 

for the by-polls for Pakistan's 11 National and 24 Provincial Assemblies were underway on Sunday, with more than 300 candidates in the fray.

Over five million registered voters - about 2.3 million women and almost 2.7 million men - will exercise their right to vote. Overseas Pakistanis will also cast their ballot for the first time in these by-polls, reports Geo Tv.

Polling across 7,489 polling stations, of which 1,727 have been declared "highly sensitive", began at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m.

Seats up for grabs comprise 11 from National Assembly, 11 from Punjab Assembly, nine from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and two each from Sindh and

In Lahore's NA-131 constituency, Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) candidate is facing Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Humayun Akhtar.

Former is PML-N's candidate from NA-124. His opponent in the constituency is of the PTI.

In Karachi's NA-243 constituency, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-(MQM-P) is expected to give tough competition to the PTI.

Over 9.9 million ballot papers have been printed for the by-and handed over to presiding officers of all polling stations.

The (ECP) has constituted 27 monitoring teams to observe the by-polls who will also examine the distribution of polling equipment and training of the polling staff.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 11:34 IST
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