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60m Pakistanis exercised their right to vote on Feb 8

10:54 AM | 11 Feb, 2024
60m Pakistanis exercised their right to vote on Feb 8

ISLAMABAD – Approximately 60 million voters turned out to vote in Pakistan on February 8, casting their ballots to elect representatives in 265 National Assembly and 590 provincial assembly constituencies. This election marked one of the country’s most competitive political contests.

According to the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) report, issued on Saturday, highlighted that the elections followed two turbulent years of political turmoil, discord, and polarization.

These challenges left behind a multitude of issues, including constitutional ambiguities, judicial interventions, communal tensions, economic hardships, and a growing lack of trust in electoral institutions. Fafen emphasized that these issues must be addressed as top priorities by the future government.

Despite allegations of an uneven playing field and an increase in militant violence in certain regions, all political parties remained engaged in the electoral process until the last moment, demonstrating a positive sign for Pakistan’s democratic progress.

Moreover, despite concerns about media freedom restrictions before the election, Pakistani print, electronic, and digital media played a significant role in informing voters, contributing to a more informed electorate. Civil society groups also played a commendable role in highlighting rights and liberties during the election process.

Fafen praised the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for organizing the country’s largest electoral exercise in a relatively orderly manner, involving over 1.1 million election officials who worked diligently despite significant challenges. Security measures, with over 0.7 million police and military personnel deployed, ensured a peaceful voting environment.

However, the report highlighted concerns over the ECP’s delay in announcing preliminary results, which overshadowed an otherwise orderly election and raised doubts about the credibility of the outcome.

Additionally, the suspension of cellular and internet services by the caretaker government on election day, though for security reasons, undermined efforts to reform the election results management process.

Moving forward, Fafen emphasized the responsibility of political parties to ensure a smooth transition of power and address concerns raised during the election process. It urged prompt action by the ECP on legal matters and highlighted the upcoming role of election tribunals in resolving remaining issues.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 24 April 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.2 for buying and 296.2 for selling while British Pound hovers at 339.5 for buying, and 343 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.25. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.2 296.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 339.5 343
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.25 73.95
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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