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Elections 2024 and Internet Memes: Here's Pakistanis' voting experience

06:32 PM | 8 Feb, 2024
Elections 2024 and Internet Memes: Here's Pakistanis' voting experience

On the day of general elections 2024 in Pakistan, the nation not only stepped out to cast votes but also entertained the internet with hilarious memes, complaints over the incompetent polling station staff, and the political environment in the country. 

Pakistani social media, especially gen z — who is casting their first ever votes — managed to brighten up the day despite internet blackout.

The democratic process became a fun and informative event for Pakistanis as it inculcated the feeling of patriotism and a sense of responsibility as a citizen among the people across the country.

On platform X (formerly known as Twitter) social media users shared their different perspectives and opinions regarding the voting procedure. With a plethora of reactions, one user shared a humorous post with a picture expressing their utmost excitement to cast their vote.

Another X user shared how incompetence of the staff got the best of their experience. “As predictable as anything. Polling staff claims that they received the stuff late and won't open voting until 9," the user complained. Another one added that the booths are still in progress and expressed people's frustration over waiting since 8am, eventually going back after witnessing the inefficiency of the authorities.

Since mobile services remain suspended for the day to avoid any potential threats or rigging, one user complained of their inability to connect with others. “Should we use rocks outside the polling booths to make a call?” they asked.

Another user shared how “authorities have suspended mobile networks, disrupting voters ability to access correct polling station info, to travel to polling stations to vote, barring reporters on ground from reporting in real time,” and expressed their dissatisfaction. 

“Vote responsibly,” urged one X user. “You can feel the heat of rampant division & cohortization in society. You will find people hating you for no reason in offices, places totally unrelated to politics even if you don't discuss. Debate on policies, not based on emotions and egos,” they added.

While many people complained over the inefficient process, one user celebrated their first vote for which they “waited 5 years.”

Keeping the Pakistani humorous spirit alive, one user shared former Pakistani PM Imran Khan's sons' picture as they held the flag of his political party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf. Giving a humorous spin, the user took a verse from the Pakistani drama serial Humsafar's OST stating, “Bicharne walay me sb kuch tha bewafayi na thi.”

Another one joked, “Imran Khan gets in trouble everytime, to ensure jemima still cares.”

Pakistan started polling process for the general elections as 128 million voters head to polls to vote for nearly 18,000 candidates contesting the General Elections 2024 on February 8 for 1,125 seats in the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies.

The writer is a staff member.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 23 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 23, 2024 (Friday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro comes down to 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 75.95 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 23 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.5 282.45
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.95 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.60 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.76 77.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.87
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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