Dr Arif Alvi waits at polling station

Dr Alvi encouraged frustrated voters to wait patiently.

Web Desk May 11, 2013
Dr Arif Alvi. PHOTO:FILE

KARACHI: Nearly two hours have passed since polling was scheduled to begin, yet the polling station in Khy-e-Hilal NA-250 is still not open, reported Express Tribune correspondent Shayan Naveed.

Unverified reports suggest that the ballot boxes have not arrived at the venue yet.

The line, which has approximately a 1000 people, runs all the way to the neighbouring road. People have started to leave due to the prolonged wait.

Dr Alvi encouraged frustrated voters to wait and said “Don’t go anywhere, it should take another 15 minutes or so.”

Dr Alvi’s staff handed out water bottles to those waiting in the heat.

Celebrities such as Bilal Maqsood from Strings, actor Abid Ali and Marina Khan were also spotted at the venue. Former dictator Pervez Musharraf’s daughter was also in line to cast a vote.

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Asif | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Presiding officers and polling staff posted at the polling stations in NA 250 were not provided the necessary stuff by ECP. Why? Why only in NA 250.

Sadaf | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

I was there too. He came, said that the polling had started at Clifton, and that they should begin soon for us.

For some reason, the ballot boxes were delayed on the way. Finally PTI workers helped ECP bring the boxes in their own vehicles with the Rangers' assistance.

Samar also visited, as did Nematullah- both were shocked.

We were there since 7am. Voting started after 12. Some of the people right up front made a special line for the senior citizens, who went in before the people who had been in line since 6:30. When I finally cast my vote and got out, it was 1:30 and people were still patiently waiting in line.

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