NA-154 by-election: Polling process concludes peacefully

MULTAN, Feb 12 (APP):The polling of by-election in NA-154 Lodhran on Monday remained peaceful and no untoward
incident was reported from any polling station.
The polling started at 8:00 am and continued till 5:00 pm without any interval. Polling process in 338 polling stations was carried out under the supervision of law enforcers.
The seat in NA-154 Lodhran had fallen vacant in the wake of disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen by the Supreme Court in December 2017.
The government has deployed security personnel, including army officials, in the constituency in view of avoiding any untoward situation and to ensure free and fair of elections.
The PTI fielded Jahangir’s son Ali Khan Tareen, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Iqbal Shah and Pakistan Peoples’ Party Mirza Muhammad Ali Baig. Another seven candidates are contesting as Independents.
Jahangir Tareen, while speaking to the media after casting his vote, stated that there was no possibility of rigging in the by-election today with the presence of army personnel outside polling stations.
He said the PTI would respond to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s notice of violating its code of conduct, adding that the institution did not take any notice when the PML-N legislators were running the campaign for their candidate.
Tareen said that he would accept the result of the by-poll whatever it may be but added that the PTI candidate will surely defeat his opponents.
However, Iqbal Shah, the candidate of PML-N also observed that he would defeat opponents as people
would reposed confidence in policies of the incumbent government.