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Jul 24, 2018
9:23PM

Pakistan set to elect new national, provincial governments tomorrow

Pakistan will go to polls tomorrow to elect new governments at the national and the provincial levels. 

The civilian transfer of power in the country is taking place for only the second time in the nation's over 70-year history. The voting will start at 8 am local time and will continue till 6 in the evening.

The main contest is between three main players, Shahbaz Sharif, the president of the PML-N, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan People's Party-led by Bilawal Bhutto. 

The run-up to the polls has seen a massive crackdown on the media and allegations that the military has secretly backed the campaign of Imran Khan while targeting his political opponents. 

The military has ruled Pakistan through various coups for nearly half of the country's history since its creation in 1947. 

Controversy has also arisen over allowing terrorist groups to participate in the poll. The leading among them are Mumbai-terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led banned Jamat-ud Dawah's candidate. His son and son-in-law are also contesting the elections.

Ahead of the elections, Pakistan also witnessed a series of terror attacks on candidates and campaign rallies, including one that killed 151 people in Balochistan province on 13th of this month. 

The counting will be done on the spot and results will be announced within 24 hours after the polling. 
 

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