Lodhran (Staff report): Voting for the by election in NA-154 Lodhran has been ended.

According to the returning officer, 431,000 voters will cast their votes in the by-election. 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 are contesting the by-election. However, a tough contest is expected 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.