Polling started in Pakistan
25 July, 2018
85,252 polling stations and 241,132 polling booths have been established throughout the country. Out of the 85,252 polling stations, 17000 have been declared highly prone to security threats.
Millions of registered voters are flocking to polling stations across the country to cast their vote in Pakistan’s 11th general election. First vote was cast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda.
The battle is set to come down to three parties: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
While polling stations officially opened for voting at 8am, enthusiastic citizens queued up outside their respective stations as early as 7am.
However, violence in various areas including Quetta, Larkana, Khuzdar, Swabi, and Kohistan ─ despite the deployment of 800,000 security forces across the country ─ marred the polling process.
At 371,388, a record number of troops have been deployed at polling stations at the ECP’s request to maintain law and order and take action against harassment.
July 25 was earlier declared a public holiday by the ECP as an effort to increase voter participation. Polling stations will remain open for voting until 6pm, as per the deadline announced by the ECP.