ISLAMABAD: According to media reports over 9.9 million ballot papers have been printed for by-polls scheduled for October 14.

Few political bigwigs, more than 100 candidates are contesting for 35 national and provincial assembly seats in the by-polls.

Seats up for grabs include 11 from National Assembly, 11 from Punjab Assembly, nine from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two each from Sindh and Balochistan.

Over five million registered voters, about 2.3 million women and over 2.7 million men, will exercise their right to vote.

On Friday midnight, the campaign time for candidates ended as the election campaigning picked up pace this week.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), ballot papers have been handed over to the presiding officers. They were distributed under the supervision of the Pakistan Army.

In Lahores NA-131 constituency, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Khawaja Saad Rafique will face Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insafs (PTI) Humayun Akhtar.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is PML-Ns candidate from NA-124. His opponent in the constituency is PTIs Ghulam Mohiuddin.

For Karachis NA-243 constituency, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is expected to give tough competition to PTI.

Overseas Pakistanis will vote for the first time in the by-polls.