Army supervision requested for city by-polls

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The district returning officer has sent a letter to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the deployment of army during by-elections in Lahore. The letter forwarded by District Returning Officer Hamid Hussain Shah has requested the Election Commission to deploy army to ensure free and transparent elections. The army troops will be asked to supervise balloting and deliver them to returning officers, reported a private TV channel. The letter requested the ECP to immediately issue A notification in this regard. By-elections for one National Assembly and three provincial assembly constituencies will be held in Lahore on August 22. The Lahore constituencies which have fallen vacant due to resignation of winners of more than one seat are NA-129, PP-142, PP-150 and PP-161. NA-129 was vacated by Shahbaz Sharif.