ISLAMABAD - Multan braces for yet another by-election next month as the Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday issued schedule for holding elections on three vacant seats in Punjab and Sindh.

According to the ECP, by-polls on National Assembly Multan-VI seat and provincial assembly seats in Bhakkar and Naushero Feroz will be held on November 29.

The NA-153 fell vacant after an election tribunal declared null and void the election of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MNA Deewan Ashiq Hussain Bukhari for submitting fake educational degree.

The Khairpur University had declared the degree of the PML-N candidate as fake. Bukhari had obtained 94,298 votes in 2013 general election.

The ECP also issued schedule for holding by-polls on provincial assembly constituency in Bhakkar PP-48, asking candidates to file nomination papers with Returning Officer by October 27.

The seat fell vacant after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA Najibullah Khan Niazi passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Similarly, election schedule for conducting by-polls in PS-22, Naushero Feroz-IV was issued where election tribunal had declared results null and void although PPP's Abdul Sattar was initially declared as winner.

The results of the election were challenged by National People's Party's candidate Arif Mustafa Jatoi who had argued that 139 votes cast in his favor were stolen from ballot bags of polling station No 90 before the recounting by the district returning officer (DRO). Therefore, he added, the election had been materially affected.

The petitioner had pleaded to the tribunal to declare the election as void and subsequently, declare him as returned candidate under Section 69 of the Representation of the People Act (ROPA).

According to political observers, by-polls on Multan's constituency would once again attract media attention where the ruling PML-N was once again flexing muscles to win the seat back.

The Nation learnt that PTI would not field its candidate but would support independent candidate on the same pattern in which it had supported Amir Dogar during recent by-elections against Makhdoom Javed Hashmi.