As per decision, voting began on 25 July, 2018 at 8 pm for electing 272 representatives to the National Assembly. There are total 85,000 polling stations that will close at 6 pm. 800,000 police and military men are equipped well to make this Election 2018 a successful one.
There are total 272 seats of National Assembly that needs to be filled and further will form a parliament for next five years. So, each voter has to cast two votes which include one for the national assembly and another for the provincial assembly. Each assembly will be formed of the four provinces- Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 60 seats out of 272 are reserved for woman representatives and 10 out of remaining are for minorities. These seats are allotted according to 5 % proportional representation.
Voters arriving polling stations are positively energized to see developed Pakistan in coming years. They know the importance of their vote and it seems all campaigns have done really well. In 2013, only 55% registered voters casted their votes but 2018 can be marked as a change.
Amna Bibi, aged 74, arrived polling station to cast her vote for Imran Khan, as she believes Imran Khan can bring change to Pakistan. On the same polling station, NA-125 (Lahore), Rabia Nusrat of age 45 years voted for PLMN because she found Nawaz Shareef convicted unjustly. So, there are mix views of the voters.
Uper Dir is located in northern side of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A change can be seen in Uper Dir too where for 40 years, women were not able to cast their votes due to exchange of gunfire on the day of election. This year there is more awareness among them and more security is provided to them to cast their valuable votes.
Another change can be marked as more than 9 Million new female voters are registered in Pakistan for Election 2018. For the purpose there are some mixed polling stations and some are only Female polling stations to encourage Female voters to cast their votes.
It is for the first time in Pakistan that 5 Transgender Women are standing as a candidate for both the assemblies. Other than this, Election Commission has given duty of observer to the member of the transgender community. There are more than 10,000 headcount of transgender in Pakistan out of which only 1913 are registered to vote.
Election 2018 has many changes but would it bring a real change to Pakistan?