Rain lashes Lahore on election day, threatens voter turnout

02:43 PM | 25 Jul, 2018
Rain lashes Lahore on election day, threatens voter turnout
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LAHORE - Heavy rain lashed out the provincial capital on the elections day, raising fears of low turnout.

Voters earlier today were enthusiastic to user their democratic right despite the intense humid weather. But it is unclear whether the people will turn out in the rain to cast their votes.

The leaders of all major political parties, including Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, have urged the nation to come out to take part in the polling.

Pakistan is holding general elections today for which the polling procedure has started, with over 1,2000 candidates vying for 270 national and 570 provincial assembly seats.

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As many as 105.96 million people will be able to use their right to vote from 8 am till 6 pm without any formal break. Twenty-three percent of the total voters would be taking part in the exercise for the first time.

Earlier, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted a new spell of rain, expected to start from Tuesday.

The spell would last till Sunday and cities that are likely to experience considerable rainfall any time during the s said period include Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, and Kohat, as well as Kashmir, the PMD forecasted.

Moreover, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Bahawalpur in Punjab, Zhob and Kalat in Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) are also predicted to experience strong winds, with thunderous rainfall and lightning.