The much-awaited General Elections will be held across the country tomorrow. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has completed all the necessary arrangements, including delivering ballot papers.
As many people would be casting their first vote, many would most likely be unaware of the procedure. Here, we will explain the entire procedure of how to cast your vote.
Locate Your Constituency:
Send your National Identity Card (NIC) number to 8300. It will give you information such as the national and provincial assembly constituency number, polling station, family number, and serial number.
ECP has urged the voters to bring their original CNIC for casting their vote. It is important to note that individuals with an expired CNIC can also cast their vote.
However, other documents, including a copy of CNIC, will not be acceptable.
ECP has a strict policy against bringing mobile phones to the polling stations. Voters have been advised to leave their phones at home.
The voting will begin at 8:00 am and continue until 5:00 pm.
Queue and Verification Process:
Wait in line until it’s your turn. The Presiding Officer (PO) will verify your name and electoral number.
After verification, you will receive two ballot papers, one for the provincial and the other for the national assembly. Additionally, the PO will check your name off the list.
Sign and Stamp on Paper:
The signs and stamps of the PO are necessary on the back of both ballot papers. Ensure your ballot papers are signed and stamped, as your vote will not be accepted without them.
The voter will be provided separate ballot papers for the provincial and national assemblies. The white one will be for the provincial and green for the national assembly. The PO will use a special ink to record your thumb impression on the electoral rolls.
Proceed to Voting Booths:
Like the ballot papers, there would be two boxes for the assemblies’ votes: the green-topped box for the national and the white-topped box for the provincial assembly.
Ensure that no other individuals are present or attempting to influence your vote.
Ensure the Ink is Dry:
Fold the ballot papers after you’ve stamped both of them. Make sure the ink is dry before properly folding them. Moreover, ensure that you fold your ballot paper lengthwise to prevent the ink from spreading onto other candidates’ spaces on the ballot paper.
Cast Your Vote:
Insert the green ballot paper into the box with the green top and the white ballot paper into the box with the white top to complete the voting process.