Elections 2018 – What’s the Right Way to Vote?


With Elections 2018 just around the corner, it is important to understand the voting process. For many, this might be their first time so here’s a step by step procedure to cast your vote – to make a better Pakistan.

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You need to begin by checking if your vote is registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan by sending your CNIC number to 8300. You’ll receive an automated response with the name of your electoral area, block code and serial number.

Now, you’re all set to get that thumb inked! Just follow the steps below:


Go to your designated polling booth any time between 8am and 6pm. Do make sure to have your ID card on you as a polling officer will check it.  Photocopied versions will not work. After the polling officer identifies your name and serial number, he will cross it out from his electoral roll and mark your thumb with indelible ink.

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Your thumb impression will be taken on a counterfoil of the ballot paper. Next, the assistant presiding officer will stamp the paper for national (green) and provisional assembly (white) constituencies and sign it.

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Finally, you will be cleared to go into the polling booth to cast your vote. Make sure to clearly mark the symbol of the candidate you support.

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Lastly, drop the paper inside the ballot box! Insert the green colored ballot paper in the box with a green lid and the white paper will go inside the box with a white lid.

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That’s it! You have voted. Now sit back and wait for the results.

Some more instructions for you

  1. No other documents apart from the National Identity Card shall be accepted
  2. Priority will be given to pregnant women, disabled, senior and transgender citizens
  3. Please make sure to cast your vote in complete privacy
  4. Do not take your mobile phones and cameras to the polling booth
  5. You will not be allowed to vote if you arrive after 6pm

Written by Salman Bokhari


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