NA-154 (Lodhran-I): In a first, army given anti-terror powers for by-elections
But Tareen later challenged the authenticity of the general elections. By-polls were announced on the constituency after a long legal battle – first in the election tribunals and then in superior courts.
Election authorities handed over the security both in and outside polling stations to the military with an unprecedented legal cover on the request of PTI chief Imran Khan.
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This was the first time military officers deputed during an election were empowered to use clauses of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). Presiding officers and law enforcers are usually extended first class magistrate powers, allowing them to send any offender to jail after a summary trial.