LAHORE: Polling for the NA-120 by-election commenced at 8am across 220 polling stations in the Punjab capital, with the majority seeing the by-election in ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s former constituency as a major test for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
1610: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, after meeting Nawaz Sharif in London, says they are reviewing reports of rigging.
1555: Traffic jams reported in various areas of the constituency.
1530: ECP’s additional DG says the polling time will not be extended and the polling will cease at 5pm per schedule.
1455: Scuffle between PML-N workers and police near a polling station close to Bilal Gunj-Bund Road junction. Party workers were attempting to go into the polling station, saying they had ‘permission’ but the police did not allow it, reported Geo News.
1430: Rangers, police control situation after PTI and PML-N workers clash outside Fatima Jinnah Medical College polling station. Several people have been arrested by police, Geo News reported.
1410: Media personnel having ECP accreditation card are visiting polling stations. No restrictions imposed by army, according to the ISPR.
1350: Tussle between police and PTI workers reported at Gaoun Shala polling station after PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid’s visit.
1330: Polling process continues peacefully, amid varying turnout, across the constituency.
1300: PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid says 29,000 votes cannot be verified and that the list of voters shared with the party is incomplete.
1230: Secretary ECP calls Punjab IG, asks elected representatives to be barred from entering polling stations.
1145: PTI leader Firdous Awan speaks to Geo News, says ECP was unsuccessful in stopping pre-poll rigging.