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Pakistani cricketers participate in electoral process by casting their votes

Pakistan stages its 10th general elections, dubbed as the biggest polls in country's history

A collage of Pakistani cricketers, Muhammad Hafeez (left) Umar Gul (centre) and Saeed Ajmal (right) after casting their votes on February 8, 2024. — X/@MHafeez22/@Mkd_gul
A collage of Pakistani cricketers, Muhammad Hafeez (left) Umar Gul (centre) and Saeed Ajmal (right) after casting their votes on February 8, 2024. — X/@MHafeez22/@Mkd_gul

As Pakistan stages the 10th general elections, dubbed as the biggest polls in the country's history, members from the country's cricketing fraternity have also participated in the electoral process by casting their votes.

Former and current Pakistani cricketers cast the the ballot in their respective constituencies and shared their thumbs' pictures to encourage others to fulfill their national duty in electing their leader for the next five years.

Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Hafeez, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Sana Mir were among those to post on their social media accounts regarding their participation in the elections.

Pakistani cricketers participate in electoral process by casting their votes

Mohammad Hafeez urged to vote for a better Pakistan by posting his picture on X account, formerly Twitter.

Meanwhile, Gul posted on his X account where he requested everyone to go outside and vote.

Pakistani cricketers participate in electoral process by casting their votes

“I cast my vote today for a better Pakistan, for the betterment of our future! Requesting you all to go out with your family and friends and cast your vote today! #ivoted #NikloPakistanKiKhatir #PakistanElection2024,” he wrote on X.

“I voted. Go vote! Every vote counts. #ivoted #elections2024,” wrote former spinner, Saeed Ajmal.

“Done! If you haven't cast your vote yet. Please do #Elections2024,” Sana Mir posted on X.

"Hoping for a better, prosperous future for Pakistan. #Election2024," Younus Khan wrote on his account.

Remember, Pakistan’s general elections are underway, with more than 128.5 million people exercising their democratic right to elect their representatives of national and provincial assemblies — on 855 constituencies — in the world’s fifth-biggest democracy.

The 2024 elections surpassed the previous ones in 2018 in various aspects, including a record budget allocation of Rs48 billion, a substantial increase in the number of voters exceeding 50% of the total population, an unprecedented ratio of independent candidates, a total of nearly 18,000 candidates, and a substantial amount of paper required for printing 260 million ballots.

The polling, which started at 8 am, is expected to continue until 5 pm throughout the country.

Mobile and internet services are suspended across the country due to security situation. Top political parties including the Pakistan Peoples' Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have approached the commission seeking immediate restoration of services.

The election results are expected to be completed a few hours after midnight and the complete compilation might be done in the early hours of Friday — through the ECP’s Result Management System.