The Pakistan Army Saturday took control of the security of polling stations ahead of Sunday's by-polls for 11 national and 24 provincial seats.
Final preparations were underway to conduct elections in nine National Assembly constituencies in Punjab and one each in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 24 provincial assembly seats, including 11 in Punjab, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two each in Sindh and Balochistan.
Most of these seats were vacated by the candidates who won from more than one seat in the general elections held on July 25.
Thousands of soldiers will stand guard to provide security at 7,489 polling booths to ensure a smooth and peaceful electoral process.
The ECP, while making security arrangement, designated as many as 1,727 polling stations "highly sensitive" where extra troops were deployed and security cameras installed.
These include 848 out of total 5,193 polling stations in Punjab, 544 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 201 in Sindh and 134 in Balochistan provinces.
The deployment of troops began on Friday and they would remain on election duty till October 15.
Soldiers will be deployed inside and outside the polling stations in order to avoid any untoward incident.
They also provide security during distribution of election material and transportation.
The ECP said 9.28 million voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 35 constituencies.
The polling will start at 8 AM and will continue without any break until 5 PM (local time).
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