LAHORE (Dunya News) – Polling for the by-election for Punjab Assembly seat PP-168, is underway today (Thursday).
Election Commission has finalized all necessary arrangements to hold the elections in peaceful manner.
The polling started at 8am and will continue till 5pm without any break.
This seat was vacated by PML-N senior leader and former minister for railways and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafiq after he was elected to the National Assembly from NA-131 Lahore in the October last by-polls.
Khawaja Saad Rafiq had obtained 34114 votes to defeat the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Muhammad Fiaz Bhatti who secured 14940 votes. The PTI candidate is working hard to fill the gap. Rana Khalid has been long affiliated with the PML-N and the party has awarded him ticket recognising his services.
The party is hopeful that committed PML-N voters will not let him down. Enjoying the reputation of nice and gentle person Qadri is also banking on the Rajput votes, one of the main braderies alongwith Mayo and Gujjar in this constituency.
Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) had also announced its support to the PML-N candidate in PP-168. Acknowledging the PPP offer, the PML-N City President and MNA Pervaiz Malik had thanked the PPP leadership.