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Polling for the bye-election in NA-120 constituency Lahore has concluded and now counting of votes is underway According to reports, polling started 8:00 am in the morning and concluded at 5:00 pm without any break.  In all forty-four candidates, including 32 independent and 12 from different political parties took part in the bye-election. Begum Kalsoom Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Faisal Mir from Pakistan People's Party and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were the main contestants. Under a pilot project, one hundred biometric verification machines were used on trial basis in 39 polling stations of the constituency. To ensure smooth and peaceful polling process, strict security measures had been made inside and outside the polling stations and fifteen hundred Army personnel will also remain vigilant till the results are announced. The Spokesperson of Election Commission of Pakistan says polling process for bye-election in the constituency of NA-120 remained peaceful. There are 3,21633 registered voters including 1,79505 male and 1,42128 female voters in NA-120.

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