Campaign ends in Pakistan for Wednesday’s general election

RSTV Bureau
Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, celebrate during an election campaign in Lahore, Pakistan on July 18, 2018.  Pakistan will hold a general election on July 25. (PTI Photo)

Supporters of Pakistani politician Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, celebrate during an election campaign in Lahore, Pakistan on July 18, 2018. Pakistan will hold a general election on July 25. (PTI Photo)

A two-month-long campaign by candidates and political parties for Pakistan’s general election on Wednesday drew to a close on Monday amid low voter enthusiasm and a tense security situation.

With only hours left to convince voters, parties held last-minute rallies ahead of the midnight deadline.

The main race in Wednesday’s vote is between three parties- the party of now-jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which is seeking a second consecutive term despite its leader’s downfall on corruption charges. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) the party of former cricket star Imran Khan and the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP).

Sharif, in his message from Adiala prison, urged the masses to vote for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Imran Khan addressed citizens in different parts of Lahore.

Apart from these, several ultra-Islamist groups are also contesting the poll. Voting for 342 seats of National Assembly will be held tomorrow. Along with the general elections, the country will also see simultaneous elections to the four provincial Assemblies in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.