LAHORE – The Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza yesterday said control rooms to monitor the by-polls would be established in Punjab and Islamabad.

Analysts say extra-ordinary measures have been taken to monitor the by-elections for the first time in the history of country’s election history. Both the PML-N and PTI have high political stakes in NA-122. The ruling party calls the constituency its stronghold.

CEC Raza chairing a meeting held in connection with by-polls and upcoming local bodies’ elections said he himself would oversee the polling.

He has asked top officials of Punjab to extend their fullest support for peaceful and transparent elections. Punjab Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Inspector General have assured him of their complete cooperation.

Raza said he cannot carry out the election task alone and needs the assistance of military and civilian agencies.

Election Commission sources told The Nation the military circles have also assured their complete support to the election authorities for holding peaceful and transparent elections.

A formal meeting of military and election authorities is likely to take place. The meeting will decide on which polling stations army troops need to be deployed.

Sources said army troops are most likely to be deployed at the sensitive polling stations.