"Bula Raha Hai Pakistan" which translated in English means "Pakistan is calling you" is an initiative to educate voters about their rights and responsibilities and about what the Election Commission of Pakistan is doing to make this year's election free, fair and transparent.
Below is the Voter Training and Education Material from Bula Raha Ha Pakistan.
Watch this video to learn what to do when you go to the polling station on Election Day! Don't forget to vote on May 11th.
How to cast your vote (Video Link)
- SMS your CNIC number to 8300 to get your polling station address, block code number and serial number.
- Queue up outside the polling station and enter one by one.
- Polling Officer will check your original CNIC and then loudly call out your name and serial number from the voter list. She / He will then mark the base of the nail / cuticle of your thumb with indelible ink and strike your name off the voter list.
- First Assistant Presiding Officer will fill out the counterfoil of a green ballot paper for the National Assembly and ask you to mark it with an impression of your thumb. She / He will then sign and stamp the back of the ballot paper, hand it to you.
- Second Assistant Presiding Officer will fill out the counterfoil of a white ballot paper for the Provincial Assembly and ask you to mark it with an impression of your thumb. She / He will then sign and stamp the back of the ballot paper and hand it over to you along with a special seal for you to mark both ballot papers with and then guide you on how to stamp and fold the ballot.
- Go behind the voting screen, stamp each ballot paper on the symbol in front of the name of the candidate of your choice and then fold each ballot paper individually.
- Return the special stamp to the Second APO then insert the green ballot paper of the National Assembly into the ballot box with the green lid and the white ballot paper of the Provincial Assembly into the ballot box with the white lid.
- Exit the polling station knowing you have fulfilled your civic duty.
In order to ensure smooth and transparent conduct of polls at the polling stations and to safeguard against any manipulation of the polling process by the use of mobile phones at the polling booths, the Honorable Election Commission has decided that each presiding officer shall ask the voter if he is carrying a mobile phone. In case the answer is affirmative, the presiding officer shall direct the voter to place the mobile on his table and thereafter, ballot paper will be issued to the voter who, after marking the same in screened off compartment, will insert his folded ballot papers in the ballot boxes and only then the mobile of that voter will be returned to him. It has been further decided that if a voter refuses to hand over his mobile to the presiding officer, he may not be given the ballot paper.