LAHORE The stage has been set for a showdown among the contenders for NA-123 by-election, as the major contestants face each other today. In NA-123 Lahore, the total number of contestants for NA-123 is 57, while the number of registered voters is 287,915 of which 161,102 are male and 126,813 female. The total number of polling stations is 268 of which 133 are for men while the same number are for women. Two of the polling stations are both for men and women. The total number of polling booths are 641 of which 325 are for men and 316 for women. NA-123 consists of 15 Union Councils. The major localities of NA-123 constituency include Baghbanpura, Shadipura, Singhpura, Begumpura, Boghiwaal, Nizamabad, Janipura, China Scheme, Bhagatpura, Kot Khawaja Saeed, Shadbagh, Bhamay Jhoogian, Gujjarpura and Mehmood Buti. The major clans residing in the area include Arian, Rajput, Kashmiri and Gujjar, while small pockets of other clans also live in the said constituency. Arian clan has edge over other clans in the number game. The Arians are followed by the Rajputs, Kashmiris and Gujjars. A police contingent of 5000 has been deployed to cover the polling stations while the Rangers have also been called to maintain law and order. The Election Commission has declared all the polling stations for by-polls in NA-123 sensitive in the wake of suicide bomber attack in Model Town on Monday. It is to be mentioned here, the major candidates for NA-123 by-polls include Pervez Malik, PML-N, Mian Hamid Miraj, PTI and Hafiz Salman Butt, JI. Hafiz Salman Butt enjoys the support of PML-Q, as the PML-Q has withdrawn its candidate in his favour. However, PML-N hopes to secure the seat by a large margin, as it had won it in the general elections of 2002 and 2008, and voters elected PML-Ns Javed Hashmi in the two elections. Javed Hashmi won NA-123 seat, NA-55 (Rawalpindi) and from Multan. However, he vacated NA-123 and NA-55, retaining Multan seat. It is believed that PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharifs fiery address to the people of NA-123 would give a boost to PML-N contender. APP adds: The Punjab Government called the Rangers for the by-elections being held in three districts on the request by provincial Election Commissioner. The supply of the articles requires during the polling, has been started. Talking to a private News TV channel, Punjab Election Commissioner Akhtar Hussain Sabir said he requested to call the Rangers for holding free and fair elections in view of terror incidents occurring in the province. The Punjab Government conceded to his request, he added.