By-elections 2018: Here are few guidelines to cast the vote

Nozair Hanif Mirza 04:34 PM | 13 Oct, 2018
By-elections 2018: Here are few guidelines to cast the vote
LAHORE - The by-polls on 35 constituencies across the country will be held tomorrow (Sunday) as over 9.9 million ballot papers have been printed for the purpose.

Here's your complete guide on how to check and cast your ballot:

How to Check

Eligible voters can check their polling station detail by sending a text message with their Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number (without the dash) to 8300.

The reply message will contain the information containing their name, and the electoral area. The message also includes a serial number of the voters registered in the electoral rolls.


Here is the procedure to cast the vote as per Elections Act 2017.

  • Check your polling station and constituency details by sending an SMS containing CNIC number without a dash.
  • Bring your original valid or expired CNIC as other documents including Passport, driving license or CNIC photocopy are not valid.
  • Stay in your designated queues for male and female voters and wait for your turn.
  • Present your CNIC to polling officer for your verification.
  • Polling officer will issue two ballot papers – green for the national assembly and white for provincial assembly – after your verification and thumb impression.
  • Take ballot papers and go behind the voting screen and stamp on the symbol of the candidate of your choice. Make sure that you stamp on the right place and the ink mark is evident on the electoral symbol of the candidate you are voting for.
  • Fold your ballot paper wisely dispatched in the designated box – Green ballot box should be dispatched in a box with the green lid while the White with the white lid.
  • Give preference to patients, pregnant women, disabled, old, and transgender persons.
  • The polling time is 8am till 6pm, and people who will in the premises of the polling station can cast their vote only after 6 pm.


  • Do not bring a mobile phone, camera or any other multimedia device in the polling station.
  • Stamp only in the designated box for the candidate.
  • Taking pictures of a casted vote is prohibited.
  • Do not dispatch vote in other boxes.
  • Do not make any mark or overwrite on the ballot paper other than the stamp on the symbol of the candidate of your choice.
  • Do not engage in fight or a heated argument with the polling staff

How overseas Pakistani can cast their vote?

Registered Overseas Pakistanis can also cast their vote online for the by-election 2018.

The ECP has sent logins and passwords to registered Pakistanis residing out of the country on their valid email addresses.

On October 14, when polling begins in Pakistan at 8 am, they will be sent ballot papers. They’ll be able to click on the candidate they want to vote for.

If the system works, their ballot papers will be automatically converted into Form 45. If it doesn’t work the ECP will have to manually convert it to a Form 47.

Nozair Hanif Mirza
Nozair Hanif Mirza

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 28, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 28, 2023 (Tuesday).

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 284.1 287.15
Euro EUR 304.5 307.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345.5 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.3 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.18 761.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.5 207.7
China Yuan CNY 41.44 41.84
Danish Krone DKK 41.30 41.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.09 933.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.84 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 178 180
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 735.91 743
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.97 311.47
Thai Bhat THB 8.3 8.45

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 28 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,300 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465


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