ISLAMABAD

Reports emanating from across the country speak of heavy turnout at the polling stations as people were queuing up untiringly to cast their votes since morning.

These reports aired by various news channels said that the polling which started at 8 am continued uninterrupted till 5 pm and in some areas the timings for casting the votes were extended.

There were over 86.1 million registered voters in the country including over 48.6 million male and 37.5 million female voters.

In all 4,659 candidates were in the arena to contest 272 general seats of the National Assembly and more than 10,900 for general seats of Provincial Assemblies.

Reportedly, 69, 729 polling stations have been set up with 193,235 polling booths throughout the country to facilitate voters. Out of 272 general seats of the National Assembly, elections were being contested in 271 constituencies as electoral process in NA-254 Karachi-XVI was terminated due to death of one of the candidates.

About 296 general seats of the Punjab Assembly were up for contest as electoral process in PP-217 Khanewal-VI was terminated due to death of a candidate.

There were 99 general seats of the Provincial Assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where elections were being held.

In Sindh elections were being held on 129 general seats as electoral process stood terminated for PS-64 Mirpur Khas-I due to death of a candidate.

For Balochistan Assembly elections were being held for 50 general seats as electoral process was terminated in PB-32 Jhal Magsi due to death of a candidate.

The Election Commission in collaboration with Federal and provincial governments, Pakistan Army and law enforcement agencies has made elaborate arrangements to conduct polls in a smooth and peaceful atmosphere.