Millions of Pakistanis have started voting in the 2024 general election on Thursday morning, as reported by the Pakistan Embassy in Cairo.
According to the Pakistan Embassy in Cairo, the parliamentary polls will see over 128.5 million eligible voters, including 59.3 million women (46 percent), casting their votes. More than 17,000 candidates are in the fray for national and provincial assembly seats, out of which 12,695 candidates are running for provincial assemblies and 5,121 for National Assembly seats.
The contestants include 882 females. A record number of 11,785 independents are also contesting, including 11,174 males, 607 females and four transgender people.
The security measures are in place with 648,000 security personnel deployed, including 137,000 military and 511,000 police officials, to ensure the safety of voters and polling staff. US-based media outlets like The Washington Post and Bloomberg predict that ex-premier Nawaz Sharif could be voted to power for the fourth time.
In Islamabad, Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) and foreign observers visited different polling stations and expressed satisfaction with the polling process. The voting process began at 8.00 am and will continue until 5.00 pm, followed by the ballot count.