Islamabad, July 24: Voting for Pakistan General Elections 2018 is set to take place tomorrow, July 25. Voting will take place for 272 National Assembly Seats as well as 577 general seats of four provincial assemblies - Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), over 3,400 candidates will contest on National Assembly seats while 8,400 are in the running for 577 provincial seats. Know where your vote is registered.
The National Assembly is a democratically elected body comprising a total of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected, 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities.
This election, it's a fierce battle between jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's PML-N and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's PTI.
The PTI needs at least 110 National Assembly (NA) seats across Pakistan to make a formidable coalition government. Close to 140 seats are required for a party to form the government.
"It is easy to predict that PTI is leading in the southern part of Punjab which has 46 NA seats but there is a close fight between PTI and PML-N in central and north parts that will determine the fate of both the parties," said political analyst Dr Syed Farooq Hasnat as quoted by PTI.
PML-N central information secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan said that those thinking that PML-N can be routed in Punjab are living in a fool's paradise.
"See any latest survey or on ground realities in Punjab we are in a position to repeat the result of 2013 – sweeping Punjab," he said, adding that Sharif's narrative – give respect to the ballot – has made the people believe that they have to stand up against those forces which show no respect to their vote and throw out an elected prime minister.