SARGODHA – Polling for by-elections in Sargodha’s PP-30 constituency is under way, commencing at 8 in the morning to 5 pm, local media reported on Sunday.

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz-backed Yasir Zafar Sindhu and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Rao Sajid Mehmood are facing each other in the election.

A small number of voters have appeared to cast their votes as it is still early in the day. “The voting premises is secured by Rangers personnel,” reports Geo News.

The constituency includes 16 Union Councils (UCs) of Tehsil Kot Momin and Tehsil Bhalwal. Of the 1,73,912 registered voters in the constituency, 75,776 are women.

The arrangements for the by-poll are complete, with two SP’s, five DSP’s, seven inspectors, and a thousand officers deployed to ensure a smooth voting process. Personnel of the armed forces are also on standby.

The PML-N-backed Yasir Zafar Sindhu is contesting as an independent candidate. His electoral symbol is a pickup van, following Rao Sajid Mehmood has recently joined PTI after quitting Jamiat Ulema-e Islam – Fazal (JUI-F).