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Results awaited in by-elections

June 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Results in Pakistan's controversial parliamentary by-elections were due today, a day after voters cast ballots for five seats in the national parliament and 25 seats in provincial assemblies.

Polling was postponed for a sixth parliamentary seat in the eastern city of Lahore because of legal wrangling over whether former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is eligible to run.

The by-elections followed national elections in February that installed a new civilian government opposed to President Pervez Musharraf.

Most of the seats were vacant because the original victor won in more than one constituency and had to give up a seat.

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