Voting in Pakistan’s election concludes amidst violence

Feb 8, 2024

voting in PakistanThe elections concluded on Thursday amid sporadic violence and connectivity problems. The government had suspended mobile and internet services to prevent terrorist attacks. Voting started at 8 in the morning and continued without any interruption till 5 in the evening. To facilitate the 128,585,760 registered voters, a nationwide public holiday was declared.
Although voting hours had officially ended, persons inside polling stations were allowed to cast their votes.
The voting process was delayed at some polling stations across the country. Additionally, there was a terrorist attack on security forces performing election duty, resulting in the unfortunate death of four policemen.
The ballot boxes will be opened in the presence of the agents of the candidates inside the polling stations. The counting process will be monitored by the presiding officer of each polling station. Once the results are ready, they will be announced publicly and displayed at the main entrance of the polling station. Along with this, the results will be sent to the Returning Officer through the election management system. The returning officer will then tabulate the results and announce the final result.
It is expected that the results will start being declared before midnight, with most of them being available by morning. The first result is expected to be declared after 6.30 pm.
Disruption of cellular and internet services across the country during voting has raised concerns among political parties and raised doubts over the transparency of the voting process.
Around 650,000 security personnel have been deployed across the country to ensure security.
with former prime minister Imran Khan in jail, Nawaz SharifPakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is expected to emerge as the largest party in the elections.
Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates are contesting the elections independently after the Supreme Court upheld the Election Commission's decision to deprive his party of the iconic election symbol of cricket 'bat'.
Pakistan's two-decade-long fight against terrorism is facing new challenges as terrorist groups have re-emerged in 2021 after the Afghan. TalibanIncrease in power.
The new government will face significant challenges in dealing with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch nationalists, who remain a threat.

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