Pakistan turnout 30% by midday: ECP estimate

By AFP
Published: May 11, 2013
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Pakistani voters pose with their national identity cards as they queue to cast their ballots at a polling station during the general election in Rawalpindi on May 11, 2013.  PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani voters pose with their national identity cards as they queue to cast their ballots at a polling station during the general election in Rawalpindi on May 11, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Turnout in Pakistan’s landmark elections on Saturday was around 30 percent by midday and is expected to rise to 60 percent before the polls close, the election commission estimated.

“The turnout is really encouraging. Now we are at 30 percent. We expect it will be close to 60 percent at the end of the day,” spokesman Khurshid Alam told AFP, saying the rate was higher than at the same point in the last election.

Overall turnout was 44 percent during the 2008 polls.

Commentators had been divided on whether millions of enthusiastic first-time voters or Taliban threats would make turnout higher or lower than last time.

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  • abc
    May 11, 2013 - 3:00PM

    Well, according to my estimate it’s more than 70%….

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  • Paki
    May 11, 2013 - 3:01PM

    I doubt that. The polling stations are crowded and it should be at least 70 percent by the end of the day. Inshallah :)

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  • CHARYAONLINE
    May 11, 2013 - 3:17PM

    well may be in punjab, here in Karachi 252, not more or between 10-15%.
    estimate it yourself in your own counstituency, if there is 100000 votes and only 50% cast then
    50000 thousand people, there will be traffic problems, parking problem, these things u may witness in less then 50000 on any working day!! beats me

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  • Pakistani
    May 11, 2013 - 3:52PM

    CHARYAONLINE@ from 9 AM to 4 PM .. Long Queues of voter .. 80% turnout from here NA252 . Bat is dominating

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  • Naseer Ahmad
    May 11, 2013 - 4:10PM

    The turnout in those rural areas of KPK, where in previous elections female voting was banned, is very impressive this time. All the political parties turned down the ANP,s proposal for ban on female voting in certain rural areas of Peshawarand Charsadda districts of the Province.I visited a female polling station in the village Shekhan, adjacent to Bara Subdivision of Khyber Agency, where female voters came before 8,O Clock in groups. And till 9.30 about 100 votes were poled on three polling booths.

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  • Tim
    May 11, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Midday is 8-12 = 4hrs. 12-5 = 5 hrs and those in the queue will be allowed to vote. Simple math says turnout will be above 60%. Close to 70% is my guess.

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  • Asif Ahmad
    May 11, 2013 - 5:07PM

    Whether it is 60% or 70%,I know one thing Imran has made his impact on the future of Pakistan. May Allah guide him in all ways and always…..Ameen.

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  • fear
    May 11, 2013 - 6:01PM

    unprecedented rigging by PML-N expected in punjab.

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