Pakistan’s nearly 106 million registered voters had a chance to choose their representatives in the national and provincial assemblies — as well as their next prime minister — the country went through its 11th General Election today.
Polling began at 8AM and will conclude, without any break, at 6PM across the country’s 85,307 polling stations, of which 17,007 have been declared “highly sensitive” were all involved in the electoral process where voters actively participated.
Several major parties, including the PML-N and PPP, asked the ECP to extend the deadline for an hour citing a ‘slow’ voting process. However, the ECP rejected their pleas.
As many as 12,570 candidates are contesting for a total of 849 seats of national and provincial assemblies in the general election.
The run-up to the election was marred by violence with three candidates killed in targetted attacks across the country.
Even today’s polls witnessed a suicide attack outside a polling station in Quetta which claimed at least 29 lives.