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Election Fever

May 14, 2013

Saturday was the General Election here in Pakistan.  Apparently in the morning there were queues of Pakistanis snaking around the block, keen to exercise their rights to a democratic vote.  We headed out in the afternoon to experience Election Fever – Pakistani-style. It wasn’t an auspicious start…

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…but at least it was easy to change lanes.

The polling booths are in schools and public building, much like the UK, but markedly different are the beautiful tents on the main junctions throughout the city .  These are actually party camps wherein people can go to pick up their voting sheets.  Whether or not the sheets already might have a cross in the appropriate box is a matter of conjecture…

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We’d obviously missed the rush.  It was jolly quiet, and those who’d volunteered to man the tents were more than happy to pose for photos to while away the hours until going-home-time.

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The lack of traffic meant that we could get some proper close-ups of the election posters. In an earlier post I mentioned that one of the posters seemed to have a large rocket.  That wasn’t a rocket.  It was, of course, a nuclear bomb – always a good thing to have on your party advertising.

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The chap on the poster is a certain Aq Khan who is the mastermind behind Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.  He doesn’t look very happy about it, but then he has been called a “serious proliferation risk” by the US. I think I’d look a little glum too.

Just so you know, Nawaz Shariff seems to have won the election.  Imran Khan’s party aren’t very happy about it and around 1000 of them expressed their displeasure by sitting on the road by the presidential compound last night.  They’ve now gone home – I imagine it wasn’t very comfy.

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