As per the foreign Media reports ” The PM has already been elected in the army dominated nation”. General polls are merely a facade to conclude the process.
The electoral process in Pakistan concluded amidst reports of sporadic violence and connectivity disruptions due to the suspension of mobile and internet services by the government to prevent potential terror attacks.
Voting Process Details:
Polling commenced at 8:00 AM and continued uninterrupted until 5:00 PM, coinciding with a nationwide public holiday to facilitate the participation of the country’s 128,585,760 registered voters.
Despite the official end of voting hours, individuals already present within polling station premises were permitted to cast their ballots, extending the voting period.
Challenges and Incidents:
Delays in the voting process were reported at several polling stations, alongside incidents of violence, including a terror attack targeting security forces that resulted in the loss of four policemen’s lives.
Following the conclusion of voting, ballot boxes would be unsealed in the presence of candidates’ agents within polling stations. Counting procedures would be conducted under the supervision of the respective presiding officers.
The presiding officer would compile and publicly announce the results, affixing a copy on the polling station’s main gate and transmitting it to the returning officer through the Election Management System.
Anticipated commencement of result announcements is before midnight, with the majority of results projected to be available by the following morning. The initial results are expected to surface after 6:30 PM.
Concerns and Disruptions:
The widespread disruption of cellular and internet services during the polling process raised concerns among political parties and cast doubts on the transparency of the electoral process.
Approximately 650,000 security personnel were deployed nationwide to ensure the security and integrity of the electoral process.
Political Dynamics and Expectations:
With former Prime Minister Imran Khan incarcerated, Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is anticipated to emerge as the leading party in the elections.
Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates contested independently after the Supreme Court upheld the Election Commission’s decision to revoke their party’s iconic cricket ‘bat’ symbol.
Pakistan faces ongoing challenges in combating terrorism, exacerbated by the resurgence of rebels following the Afghan Taliban’s rise to power in 2021. The incoming government will confront difficulties in addressing militancy from groups such as the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Baloch nationalists.
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