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ABBOTTABAD, June 5: Seven candidates are in the run for the by-election that is under way in the provincial assembly constituency PK-45, Abbottabad district.

The constituency fell vacant when Sardar Mehtab Abaasi was appointed the governor of Khyber Pakhtukhwa province.

Political analysts said tough competition was expected among the members of Pakistan Muslim Leagues-Nawaz and Sardar Fareed Ahmad, brother of Sardar Mehtab Abbasi. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf leader Asghar Khan is also considered a strong candidate.

As per election commission sources, there are 118,000 registered voters in this constituency, for which 109 polling stations were established.