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Countrywide by-elections begin in 35 NA, PA constituencies

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ISLAMABAD: The polling for a by-election on 35 constituencies of National and provincial assemblies is underway countrywide amid strict security.

The by-polls are being conducted on 11 National and 24 provincial assembly seats including 11 from Punjab Assembly, nine from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two each from Sindh and Balochistan. More than five million registered voters, around 2.3 million women and over 2.7 million men, are going to exercise their right to vote. Overseas Pakistanis will vote for the first time in the by-polls through iVoting.

The polling will continue until 5 pm without any break.

A total of 374 candidates are contesting the by-elections.

The major NA constitutes where political bigwigs are contesting include Lahore’s NA-131, where a tough contest is expected between PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique and Humayun Akhtar of PTI. Similarly, former PM Shahid Khaqan is vying from NA-124 and Alamgir Khan is representing the PTI in Karachi’s NA-243.

Ballot papers have been handed over to the presiding officers, which will be distributed under the supervision of the Pakistan Army.

Over 7,400 polling stations have been set up for the by polls. Of these, 1727 have been categorized as highly sensitive.

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