Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not allowed to vote in Sunday’s by-election after he forgot to bring his identification card to the polling station, Express News reported.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo had arrived only minutes before the closing of polling at the Government College of Technology on Lahore’s Rail Road with party leader Maryam Nawaz, where party supporters had gathered to welcome him.
PML-N supporters chanted slogans in Nawaz’s favour and showered his vehicle with flowers.
Notwithstanding, the former premier forgot his ID card at home, as a result, he was not permitted to vote by polling staff.
The pair had gone to vote in Lahore’s NA-124, in which PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emerged successful by overcoming Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Ghulam Muhiuddin.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan also cast his vote in Islamabasd’s NA-53.
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) failed to improve its majority in the National Assembly, losing three of the seven seats it had vacated after the July 25 general elections.
Before the by-elections, the PTI and allies had a 176-seat majority in the 340-strong house.
Conversely, the PML-N managed to bag four seats in the lower house of parliament against just one it had abandoned after the general elections.
Of the 11 National Assembly seats up for grabs in the by-elections, the PML-Q won two seats and the MMA, one.
The polling was also held on 24 provincial assembly seats and remained largely peaceful. The turnout, however, remained low.
Even though a tough contest was witnessed between the PTI and the PML-N on a number of seats, the focus remained on the four seats vacated by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had retained his Mianwali seat after the general elections.