The polling which began at 8 am local time will continue till 5 pm without any break. In all, 522 candidates are contenting for 15 National Assembly and 26 Provincial Assembly constituencies.

The Election Commission has set up 7,606 polling stations across the country with around 1,800 sensitive and over 1,500 highly sensitive polling stations.

There are around 8.5 million registered voters in these constituencies.

The Election Commission has postponed election for Dera Ismail Khan-cum-Tank constituency due to security concerns.

There are 201 candidates contesting for National Assembly constituencies across the country, 180 candidates for 15 Punjab Assembly constituencies, 82 candidates for four Sindh Assembly constituencies and 27 and 32 candidates for four each constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Assembly constituencies respectively.

Taliban threatens women against voting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The banned Pakistani Taliban has warned women of Hangu town in the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that they will be kidnapped and killed if they vote in the by-polls on Thursday.

The polling is being held for one seat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, PF-42 Hangu-1.

The threat by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was conveyed through leaflets found by people in Hangu bazaar on Wednesday, media reported.

The Taliban had issued a similar warning during the May 11 general elections and had taken away ballot boxes in some parts of Hangu.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Kohat region, Ishtiaq Marwat has said that army has been deployed in the area to ensure free and fair polling.

Ishtiaq Marwat said that out of 89 polling stations in Hangu, 51 have been declared very sensitive.


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