Islamabad, July 25: Voting for the Pakistan Elections 2018 took place on Wednesday, July 25, between 8 am and 6 pm (8:30 am and 6:30 pm IST). The counting of votes is underway and the Pakistan Election Results are expected to be declared soon. As the results trickle, it will be clear in a few hours as to who will be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. Stay with us for Live updates on counting of votes of Pakistan National Assembly and Provincial Assembly Elections 2018. Here are highlights of polling in Pakistan today.
Several incidents of violence were reported from different parts of Pakistan on the polling day. At least 31 people were killed and several were injured in a bomb blast near a crowded polling booth in Balochistan's Quetta during the polling hours. A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) worker was killed and two others injured as party activists clashed with Awami National Party (ANP) workers outside a polling station in Nawan Kali in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi.
Voting took place for 272 National Assembly Seats as well as 577 general seats of four provincial assemblies - Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. It is to be noted that out of the total 272 National Assembly seats, 141 fall in Punjab, the most populous province of the country. Here's a look at the top PM contenders of Pakistan.
According to reports in Pakistan media, it has been a fierce battle between jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Punjab. The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) which had won only two NA seats in 2013 polls, is hardly being seen in the race.
A total of 370,000 army personnel were deputed at polling stations, and to ensure that the voting process goes through smoothly, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that military officers were additionally given magisterial powers, effectively making them judge and jury to punish individuals for illegal acts committed inside polling stations.
According to reports, a total of 85,307 polling stations were set up in Pakistan, and Punjab alone had 47,813 polling stations. Around 17,000 polling stations in the country were declared sensitive and 80,000 CCTV cameras were installed in these polling stations.