WORLD Pakistan elections 2018 in progress

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Pakistan elections 2018 in progress

By Ding Xuezhen | People's Daily app

03:35, July 26, 2018

Passengers viewing posters of election candidates on Islamabad street on July 25, 2018. (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

Islamabad (People's Daily) - In the morning of July 25, over 85,000 election polling station across the whole country opened for votes. The Pakistan elections in 2018 officially kick off.

This time’s elections have almost 3500 candidates competing for 272 seats in the National Assembly.

The voting will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and involves an estimate of 105 million voters, with approximately 47 million female voters.

Security personnel on duty in a polling station in Islamabad,July 25, 2018.  (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

The security issue has gone worst in Pakistan along with the due of the elections.

According to authorities, the security department dispatched about 800,000 security personnel to ensure the elections run smoothly.

A supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) shows his hat and stickers.  (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

Although the Pakistan government has strengthened the security power for elections, some areas have been attacked by terrorists.

According to AFP, a suicide bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, killed at least 31 people and cast a shadow over the voting day.

Local officials said when the bomber tried to enter a polling station police stopped him, and he blew himself up, It was the second major attack by IS this month in Balochistan province after an earlier blast at a campaign rally killed 153,  AFP reported.

A polling station of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) on Islamabad street. (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

Staff of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) polling station counting tickets.  (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

A polling station of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).  (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

A polling station set in a public school in Islamabad.  (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

A polling station set in a public school in Islamabad.  (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

The manual book with representational logos of each party for voters to identify.  (Photo: Ding Xuezhen)

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