Lodhran (Staff Report): According to unofficial results, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Iqbal Shah won NA-154 Lodhran by-poll.

PML-N’s Peer Iqbal Shah bagged 116,590 votes, while Ali Tareen got 91, 230 votes.

The balloting for the key by-poll began at 9am and continued without any break till 5 in the evening.

According to the returning officer, a total of 388 polling stations and 1,043 polling booths have been set up to cater to the 431,000-strong population of the region. Army personnel have been deployed at every polling station on the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) request.

Ten candidates contested the by-election. However, a tough contest was witnessed among Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Mirza Muhammad Ali Baig, PTI’s Tareen and PML-N’s Shah.

The seat fell vacant after the apex court disqualified Jahangir Tareen for not disclosing his assets. The constituency is witnessing a by-poll for the second time in the last five years.

The ECP on Sunday sent out notices fining PML-N 's Muhammad Iqbal Shah Rs 30,000 for violating the code of conduct and holding a corner meeting with his associates after the time for electioneering was up.

PTI 's Ali Tareen has also been fined Rs 40,000 for holding a political gathering in Lodhran , which was addressed by PTI chief Imran Khan, after the time for electioneering was over in the constituency. The ECP had already warned Khan and Tareen that addressing a rally in Lodhran would be a violation of the ECP code of conduct.