Elections 2013: Is The Pakistani Voter Safe?

by
Sameera Ehteram
It’s the time for elections in Pakistan. The campaigns have seized and in a matter of hours, the nation will be out to vote.

 

 

It's the time for elections in Pakistan. The campaigns have seized and in a matter of hours, the nation will be out to vote.

This time over, the turnout of voters, especially the younger generation will be huge. An all time high, in fact. The fact that a whole generation has come of age and will be voting for the first time, also plays a great role in this regard.

However, one thing that mars this optimistic scenario, is the law and order condition of the country. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has declared threats of attacks on any and all political activities including voting for secular parties.

Since April 21, when election campaigning formally began, there have been over a hundred people killed and several injured in violent attacks.

Security has beenincreased and protection for the people has been promised to the maximum, but there is no guarantee.

How effective are these steps, or how much the people believe in them remains to be seen. 

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