LAHORE  - More than 8,600 policemen will be deployed on security during the forthcoming by-polls to be held in two constituencies of Lahore and Okara districts on Sunday.

A police spokeswoman said on Thursday, “On the instructions of Election Commission of Pakistan, Pak Army troops will also be deployed at polling stations”. “All the Officers and officials have strictly been directed to remain impartial and neutral during these elections.”

The spokesperson also said that strict disciplinary action would be taken against such officers or officials in case of complaints regarding their involvement in the election affairs at any stage.

Punjab Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera presided over a meeting at the Central Police Office and reviewed security arrangements for the by-elections.

According to the security plan, at least 8,688 police officials would be deployed for security of 494 polling stations of both the districts during by-elections in NA-122 and NA-144.

Similarly, the patrolling teams, under the SP rank officer, will remain on patrolling duty throughout the day during the polling process.

Police will ensure four-layer security with additional deployment of anti-riot force.

APC vehicles will also be deployed to deal with any emergency situation while Rescue-1122 officials will also remain on stand-by positions, according to police spokesperson.