25th July 2018 was the polling day for the General Elections 2018. The polling time was 8 AM to 6 PM which was conducted smoothly. The process of elections was lauded by many people who were glad to see a steady turn out in most of the cities. In a first, many cities saw the turnout of women who have never voted before. This standing up to status quo marked one of the many changes in General Elections 2018.

However, the day was marked with a lot of violence related incidents at different cities including Larkana, Matiari, Panjgur, Khipro, Sanghar, Chiniot, Kohistan and Ghotki where the incidents involved nature of physical harms and injuries.

Some major incidents happened at Quetta where atleast 31 people including two police officials were martyred as a result of a bomb blast near polling station at the Eastern Bypass.
The DIG Abdur Razaq Cheema remained safe in the attack who was mainly targeted however the SHO Bhosa Mandi succumbed to his injuries. The current count includes 40 injuries as well.

At Swabi, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf worker, Shahzeb was killed as a guard of Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Amir Rehman opened fire on him after exchanging heated arguments outside a polling station for NA- 19 (Swabi II) and PK-47 (Swabi V) in Nawan Kali area.

At Charsadda, Shiraz Khan,a cousin of PK-60 constituency Qaumi Watan Party’s candidate Babar Ali Mehmood was shot by the political workers of ANP party after he completed his polling process at Charsada. 

A hand grenade was also thrown at a polling station in the village of Koshk, in Khuzdar district by unidentified men which left one dead and three injured.

While many cities saw a fairly decent turnout of women voters, it was unfortunate to receive reports of women being barred from voting as their Jirga system did not allowed them to do so. Mandi Bahauddin, Malakand and Kot Momin  are some places where women were not allowed to cast their votes.

The ECP had given guidelines for the polling station officers and voters to not take their mobile phones inside however violations were reported from Lahore that some voters managed to get their mobiles inside the polling station. Imran Khan has also been issued a notice for violating the code of conduct as he publically showed his vote and also talked to the press after giving his vote.

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