Polling is underway, across the country, on 21 national assembly and provincial assembly seats amidst the suspension of cellular and internet services in “specific districts” of Punjab and Balochistan in order to maintain law and order situation during the electoral process.

This is the fist major by-poll since February 8 general elections in the country. The polling started at 8am and will end at 5pm today without any delays.

The elections are being held on five NA seats, 12 Punjab Assembly seats, two each in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Assemblies and one in Sindh Assembly.

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The PTA said the decision had been taken on the directives of the interior ministry to “safeguard the integrity and security of the electoral process”.

It should be noted that cellular and internet services were suspended throughout the country during the February 8 elections as well.

And access to social media website X, formerly Twitter, has also been blocked since February 17 this year.