Stories about vote

A drama-packed election day comes to an end

The big day we have all been waiting for is finally here! The voting is over and counting has begun. We are here to keep an eye on reactions and comments  from all over Pakistan for you. Read below for minute by minute updates on what people have to say. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                         END OF  LIVE UPDATES ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 11:00pm As the results pour in, talk of a strong PTI-led opposition to ‘control’ the PLM-N makes the rounds. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 10:45 pm While ...

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This voter will turn up for Imran Khan

Dear Imran, I was a schoolgirl in the 80’s and I know you. I remember the excitement of the Brooke Bond ad, the value of your autograph. I remember the pages in slam books dedicated to you. I know who my boy-cousins and chacha’s were pretending to be when they swung a bat over their shoulders and sauntered onto a cricket pitch, the way a teenage Waseem Akram used to look at you. That’s right, Skipper, my generation remembers all that. I also remember the day your beaming face lifting the World Cup was banned from national TV. My nineties-born ...

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I was asked to rig the ballot as a polling officer in 2008

In the general elections of 2008, I was assigned the duty of managing a polling station. It was the first time that I was summoned (of course unwillingly) to conduct polling in a remote village area. I knew this job was not a piece of cake and I prepared myself for anything unexpected. Since I did not have any strong connections, I was obliged to do the job. One day before the polling, I was called in court to collect the polling material and meet with the rest of the staff members. My court orders clearly mentioned that I had the ...

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Stairway to power

Tamim’s cigarette was nearing its end. He saw students clamouring out of the examination hall, laughing and sharing examination horror stories. He searched their happy faces for a sullen, sunken face that was probably dotted with paan spots. When he saw Zahid’s face, he raised his hand to beckon him. They bumped shoulders in greeting and Zahid filled his lungs with smoke and let out a breath of relief. “That was horrible.” “I’m going to fail. We’re both going to fail.” Tamim stared at his classmates gathering near a car and putting on what seemed to be new sunglasses. “Who cares? Math never helps ...

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Why I am not voting in the Pakistan elections

Pakistan is having a moment. It is a moment similar to the pre-Obama days in the US. The furore of fantasy is building and hearts are beating wildly. Everyone is joining in this frenzied support for PTI. Perhaps, it is the mob mentality we as a nation are susceptible to, perhaps it is simply fashionable to join the many that have picked Imran Khan to represent them. Or perhaps there really is something there, a real chance, a future. Change is in the air. There is movement, there is excitement. I feel none of it. What I feel instead, as I ...

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An Avenger or a Reluctant Fundamentalist: What kind of voter are you?

Less than a week is left for the elections. Although this may seem too good to be true, but this grand event in our history is actually happening! Voting is our duty and is imperative but the question arises, who will I vote for? Pondering long over this conundrum, I drew a picture of how to categorise the average voter below: The reluctant fundamentalist: Here’s the simple man, who can’t stand the idea of multiple components of parliamentary democracy. Though his knowledge of the religion may be poor, his grasp on the principles of fiqh and Shariah may be very minimal, ...

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The politician’s manifesto

Vote for me vote for me, the beacon of peace am I, Your vote for me will make this land, rise above the sky.   To me your troubles are well-defined, They shall be solved with haste, For my upbringing was well-refined, Giving me a lovely taste.   But this is not about me, It is about the people of my land, For all the miseries that they have suffered, I extend my courteous hand.   I want to tell them urgently, Your saviour has now arrived, To put everything in place, A fine plan has he devised.   The power shortages will end, As dams will be built in a day, And for the rains to fall from above, In ...

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Election 2013: I flew 4,000 miles just to vote, I’m sure you can too!

“Are you crazy?” This was the reaction I got every time I told someone I was going to Karachi for two weeks to vote in the upcoming general elections. For months, all overseas Pakistanis have been closely following the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Supreme Court rulings on whether we’ll be allowed to vote or not. The official decision is now out. Like many overseas Pakistanis, I am extremely disappointed that I cannot vote for my country just because I work abroad. Though I work overseas, I am a Pakistani citizen and hold a valid Pakistani passport. Not only do I work hard ...

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Because as I see it, democracy has already won

“Bijli nahe hay, stability nahe hay, business nahe chal sakta, security nahe hay…Hum laaton ke bhoot, baaton se nahe maanain gay. Yahan democracy nahe chal sakti. We need a stronger force, a dictator to rule us.” (There is no electricity or stability here, businesses cannot work, and there is lack of security…we can’t be talked into working, we need to be beaten to do it. Democracy cannot work here. We need a stronger force, a dictator to rule us.) “But, we are new to the process. Har cheez main time lagta hay (everything takes time); maybe if we sacrifice today, our ...

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PPP’s political campaign: Old footage doesn’t impress me

The pre-election time almost feels like walking through a busy bazaar, with each vendor calling out to grab your attention.  It is just that; candidates too are trying to sell us something. Flyers, banners, billboards and flags of political parties take the city and media by storm. Music is launched and adverts are created, all in hopes of roping in as many supporters as possible. The real question to ask is, will we buy it? Here is my take on the worst political ads that have taken over our television screens this election season: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ad:  “Kal bhi Bhutto zinda ...

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