Pakistan’s general elections are underway, with more than 128 million people exercising their democratic right to elect their representatives of national and provincial assemblies — on 855 constituencies — in the world’s fifth-biggest democracy.
The 2024 elections surpassed the previous ones in 2018 in various aspects, including a record budget allocation of Rs48 billion, a substantial increase in the number of voters exceeding 50% of the total population, an unprecedented ratio of independent candidates, a total of nearly 18,000 candidates, and a substantial amount of paper required for printing 260 million ballots.
More than 1.4 million polling staff are performing their duties at 90,675 polling stations — of which 16,766 have been declared as extremely sensitive. To ensure voter turnout, February 8 has been declared as a public holiday.
The polling, which kick-started at 8am, is expected to continue until 5pm throughout the country, but it can be extended if the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decides otherwise to ensure no voter is deprived of their right to vote.
Mobile and internet services are suspended across the country due to security situation. Top political parties including Pakistan Peoples’ Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have approached the commission seeking immediate restoration of services.
The election results are expected to be completed a few hours after midnight and the complete compilation might be done in the early hours of Friday — through the ECP’s Result Management System.
An hour after the polling concludes, the media will be able to air the results.
Preliminary, unofficial live results will be available below once the results are in
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