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Pakistan election: Internet access cut off as controversial polls begin

Pakistan election: Internet access cut off as controversial polls begin

Pakistan has temporarily suspended mobile services as millions head to the polls to vote in a new government.

An interior ministry spokesman said the measure was warranted, citing recent incidents of terror in the country.

The election comes almost two years since the previous prime minister, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, was ousted in a no-confidence vote.

Three-time PM Nawaz Sharif is now on the ballot in what many analysts say is Pakistan’s least credible election yet.

Both calls and data services have been suspended, though Wifi networks still appear to be working.

One voter told the BBC they were shocked at the decision, saying “Voters should be facilitated instead of [having to be met with] such hurdles”.

Another said she was expecting a blanket shutdown.

Many voters in the city of Lahore told the BBC that the internet blackout meant it was not possible to book taxis to go and vote, while others said they couldn’t chat with other family members to coordinate when to head to polling stations.

Justifying the move, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, “As a result of the recent incidents of terrorism in the country, precious lives have been lost. Security measures are essential to maintain law and order situations and to deal with potential threats”.

Two bomb blasts killed 28 people in the restive Balochistan province on Wednesday.

The shutdown was also criticized by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of murdered ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who called for services to be restored “immediately”. Mr Bhutto, who is also running for the top job, said his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had approached the election commission and the courts to get services restored.

The country is on high alert, with heavy security presence at polling stations across the country. One station in Lahore had armed guards at the entrance and army officers roaming around the area.

Border crossings with Afghanistan and Iran have been closed for both cargo and pedestrians to “ensure full security” during polling, a spokesman from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

Strict rules around election coverage – including what can be said about candidates, campaigning, and opinion polls – remain in place until the end of voting at 1700 local time (1200 GMT). It’s unclear how soon the results will be announced but they must be released within two weeks of the vote.

The country has in the past shut down the internet to control the flow of information – though a shutdown of this extent is unprecedented, especially during an election.

Outside one polling station in the city of Multan in Punjab, some female polling agents told the BBC they were not allowed to enter polling booths – and therefore could not observe the polling process.

Typically, female polling agents are given a seat inside booths.

In Lahore, dozens of voters crammed into the small corridors of a school in Naseerabad, with some saying they had been waiting for more than two hours to vote.

By BBC

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