ISLAMABAD - Another constituency in Punjab braces for a by-election after Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) yesterday de-notified a PML-N leader Muhammad Siddique Khan as Member National Assembly.

Baloch’s victory in 2013 election was challenged by his competitor and PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen who had lost to him. Tareen through an election petition filed under Section 52 of the Act had claimed that the PML-N leader possessed fake secondary education, intermediate and undergraduate degrees and he committed illegal practices on polling day.

The ECP is required to issue schedule for by-election in the constituency (NA-154) Lodhran district of Punjab within 60 days from the date when the seat in National Assembly fell vacant.

On October 28, Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered re-polling in NA-154 constituency while suspending the tribunal verdict of declaring the former MNA as ineligible to contest elections.

The by-election will generate yet another debate keeping in view the importance of the constituency that is home town of Jahangir Khan Tareen, PTI’s heavyweight office-bearer.

The by-poll will be held at a time when PTI is embroiled in controversies particularly in wake of the divorce saga between Imran Khan and Reham Khan coupled with the poor electoral performance of the party in first phase of Local Government polls in Punjab.

The PML-N on the other side rides on its popularity graph it gained in the defeat of PTI’s candidate in NA-122 by-election and its sweeping victory in 12 districts of Punjab in the LG elections held on October 31.

An ECP spokesman said election schedule for NA-154 would be announced soon.