The wife of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was elected as a parliamentarian after defeating an opposition candidate in a closely-fought contest on Sunday, according to unofficial results.
The voting started at 8 am and it will continue till 5 p.m.
44 candidates, including Begum Kulsoom Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Dr Yasmin Rashid of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Faisal Mir of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), are contesting NA-120 by-election.
"I am satisfied by the polling, particularly the presence of army at the polling stations", Rashid said after visiting a polling station for women in the electorate located within Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city.
More than 320,000 voters are taking part in the poll, which for the first time in Pakistan's history will be conducted using Biometric Voter Verification Machines in some the constituency's 220 polling stations, Dawn News reported.
Numerous 321,633 registered voters in the central Lahore NA-120 consituency are conflicted.
Maryam further added that the people in the constituency have proven that they love Nawaz Sharif, adding, "Now, it's the time for Imran Khan to cry". "Or conspiracy?" she asks a gathering of supporters.
His wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, is contesting the seat, but is now in London for cancer treatment. "Besides spending billions of rupees, state machinery is used to woo voters in the face of blatant violation of the Election Commission's code of conduct", she said.
Sharif's daughter Maryam has spearheaded the PML-N campaign for her mother Kulsoom - who is the PML-N candidate despite receiving cancer treatment in London with Nawaz at her side.
A credible source said on Saturday the discussions between Sharif and the visiting officials will involve the current situation of Pakistan, completion of energy projects on a speedy basis and the legal challenges faced by the Sharif family. For the past two decades, the area - where cars battle for space with horse-drawn carriages - has seen unprecedented development under Sharif and his brother, Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.
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