All polling stations in NA-120 declared sensitive

All polling stations in NA-120 declared sensitive

A cut-throat battle is expected between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)'s Kulsoom Nawaz and PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid with the latter losing the seat to the husband of former in 2013 General Elections.

"Support Nawaz, support progress", Maryam said to PML-N supporters.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will take up an election petition of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Faisal Mir challenging the verdict of the Lahore High Court that rejected his and other parties' petitions challenging Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's candidacy for NA-120 by-election. She said a leader who enjoyed support of the women could never be defeated.

Maryam Nawaz, campaigning on behalf of her mother, has stuck to her father's strategy of invoking "the people's court" in response to the July 28 Supreme Court decision.

The former cricket hero also criticized the process of appointing National Accountability Bureau (NAB) who is appointed after consultations between the Opposition Leader in National Assembly and the government.

Strict security measures are in place in the vicinity of Election Commission Punjab office as only presiding officers are allowed inside the building.

The required material especially ballot papers were sent to polling stations under the supervision of army which would be safeguarding polling stations throughout Saturday night. ECP has set up 220 polling stations to cater to these voters along with installing biometric voting machines at 39 stations-purely on trial basis.

ECP, despite trying, remained ineffective in regulating the campaigns in the constituency.

The petitioners stated that the Pakistan Muslim League-N candidate had kept secret the facts about Iqama and shares in companies. He even went on to say that he is ready to give up his [MPA] seat for the victory of Kulsoom.

According to the code of conduct of the ECP, sitting ministers and MPs can not engage in political activities in the NA-120 constituency ahead of the by-poll.

Asked to comment on arrest warrants issued for him by the Election Commission of Pakistan, Khan onece again questioned the ECP's authority to summon him in a contempt of court case and said they (ECP) are not "neutral umpires".

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