LODHRAN: In a major upset for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) before the general elections, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won the by-polls for the constituency of NA-154 Lodhran, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results from all 338 polling stations.
PML-N’s Iqbal Shah managed to attain 113,542 votes, while his competitor, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Ali Tareen, contesting his first election on his father’s seat, attained 85,933 votes. PML-N won with a margin of 27,609 votes.
The seat fell vacant in the wake of the disqualification of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen by the Supreme Court in December 2017. Considered the home ground of Tareen, PTI had won the seat with a margin of around 40,000 votes in 2013.
In total, 338 polling stations were set up in the constituency, where 431,002 voters were expected to exercise their right to vote.
The district monitoring officer imposed a fine of Rs40,000 and Rs30,000 on Ali Tareen and Iqbal Shah respectively for violating the by-election's code of conduct by engaging in political campaigning after the deadline.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has also issued a notice to both candidates for their violations.