Polling for the NA-120 seat, which was left vacant by Nawaz Sharif’s ouster in the Panama verdict, is underway in the Lahore constituency.

A total of 44 candidates are contesting for the National Assembly seat from Lahore. Pakistan Army personnel are supervising the polling process. The first vote of the election was cast at 8am on Sunday morning, DawnNews reported; polling will continue until 5pm.

A number of voters have turned up to chose their candidate in what looks to be a close competition between PML-N and PTI. According to DawnNews, voters are complaining that the process inside the polling stations is taking too long and that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should take notice. Some of the polling stations were reported to be without electricity, causing inconvenience to the voters.

Only the voters are being allowed inside the polling stations by Rangers and army personnel, reported DawnNews, adding that all the stations in the constituency have been declared “sensitive”.