Pakistan General Elections 2018: Nation goes to polls amid tight security; over 3,70,000 military personnel deployed [Photos]

About 4,49,465 policemen and over 370,000 military personnel have been deployed for security at polling stations for Pakistan general elections.

FP Staff July 25, 2018 11:53:20 IST
Pakistan goes to polls amid tight security on 25 July 2018. Election Commission of Pakistan confirmed that 3,459 candidates are contesting for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 candidates are running for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies — Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Reuters
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Pakistan goes to polls amid tight security on 25 July 2018. Election Commission of Pakistan confirmed that 3,459 candidates are contesting for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 candidates are running for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies — Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Reuters
Women queue at a polling station to cast their votes in Islamabad, Pakistan. As many as 4,67,31,146 women will caste their votes in the election this year, as as compared to 5,92,24,263 male voters, as per data released by the Election Commission of Pakistan. AP
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Women queue at a polling station to cast their votes in Islamabad, Pakistan. As many as 4,67,31,146 women will caste their votes in the election this year, as as compared to 5,92,24,263 male voters, as per data released by the Election Commission of Pakistan. AP
Voting began at 85,000 polling stations at 8 am today. The counting of votes will be done on the spot soon after the conclusion of the polling process at 6 pm. Results will be announced within 24 hours. Nearly 106 million people are registered to vote for members of the lower house of Parliament and four provincial assemblies. Reuters
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Voting began at 85,000 polling stations at 8 am today. The counting of votes will be done on the spot soon after the conclusion of the polling process at 6 pm. Results will be announced within 24 hours. Nearly 106 million people are registered to vote for members of the lower house of Parliament and four provincial assemblies. Reuters
Shehbaz Sharif, brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and leader of Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N), casts his ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan. He later tweeted, "Just cast my vote. High time that all of you came out to vote for Pakistan's progress and prosperity. May this election be a source of peace and stability for the nation!" Reuters
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Shehbaz Sharif, brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and leader of Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N), casts his ballot at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan. He later tweeted, "Just cast my vote. High time that all of you came out to vote for Pakistan's progress and prosperity. May this election be a source of peace and stability for the nation!" Reuters
About 449,465 policemen and over 3,70,000 military personnel have been deployed for security at polling stations. While the Election Commission of Pakistan received criticism for this, the Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, assured that soldiers deployed for duties would strictly comply with the code of conduct given by the ECP. Reuters
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About 449,465 policemen and over 3,70,000 military personnel have been deployed for security at polling stations. While the Election Commission of Pakistan received criticism for this, the Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, assured that soldiers deployed for duties would strictly comply with the code of conduct given by the ECP. Reuters
A woman casts her vote at a polling station for the Parliamentary elections in Islamabad. While ECP suspended polling in eight constituencies — two of the National Assembly and six of provincial assemblies — for various reasons. AP
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A woman casts her vote at a polling station for the Parliamentary elections in Islamabad. While ECP suspended polling in eight constituencies — two of the National Assembly and six of provincial assemblies — for various reasons. AP
Former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has inched ahead of PML-N in recent national polls, but even if it gets the most votes, it will likely struggle to win a majority of the 272 elected seats in the National Assembly according to most forecasters. Reuters
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Former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has inched ahead of PML-N in recent national polls, but even if it gets the most votes, it will likely struggle to win a majority of the 272 elected seats in the National Assembly according to most forecasters. Reuters
A public holiday has been declared across the country on Wednesday in order to facilitate the voting process. A fierce battle is expected between the PML-N and Khan's PTI in Punjab, the most populous province often known for deciding the next government in the country. Reuters
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A public holiday has been declared across the country on Wednesday in order to facilitate the voting process. A fierce battle is expected between the PML-N and Khan's PTI in Punjab, the most populous province often known for deciding the next government in the country. Reuters