Pakistan General Election 2024: About 6,50,000 security personnel have been deployed in Pakistan for the general elections to be held on Thursday (February 8). Officials said that more than 12.85 crore registered voters will vote in this election.
At least 25 people were killed and 42 others were injured in two bomb blasts targeting election offices in Balochistan province on Wednesday (7 Wednesday), a day before the general elections in the country. According to Radio Pakistan news, about 6,50,000 security personnel have been deployed to ensure the security of voters.
These include police, civil armed forces and armed forces personnel. Voting will start at 8 am on Thursday and will continue till 5 pm. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), a total of 12,85,85,760 registered voters are eligible to vote.
There are 5,121 candidates in the fray for the National Assembly seat, including 4,807 men, 312 women and two transgenders. There are 12,695 candidates in the fray for the four provincial assemblies, including 12,123 men, 570 women and two transgenders.
What did the Election Commission of Pakistan say?
An Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) official said that the presiding officers, who have already been given special powers of the magistrate, will take the voting material to the polling stations under the protection of police and army personnel.
According to ECP data, Punjab has the highest number of registered voters at 7,32,07,896, followed by Sindh at 2,69,94,769, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 2,19,28,119, Balochistan at 53,71,947 and capital Islamabad at 10,83,029. Are.
According to the data, the ECP has set up 9,07,675 polling stations across the country, including 25,320 for male voters, 23,952 for women and another 41,403 mixed polling stations.
According to the ECP, 44,000 polling stations are normal while 29,985 have been declared sensitive and 16,766 highly sensitive. Security arrangements have been tightened due to the threat of attacks from terrorist groups.
What did you say about the rumours?
Telecom regulator, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) dismissed rumors that internet services would be shut down on election day. PTA said that internet facility will be available to the people on the day of voting.
Let us tell you that in the general elections, 74-year-old Nawaz Sharif will be eyeing to become the Prime Minister again. At the same time, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the face of the PM post from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is hopeful that people will give him a chance.