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Pakistanis head back to polls

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 01:17

May 19 - One week after a violence-plagued national election, some Pakistan districts are finally getting their chance to vote. Andrew Raven reports.

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Casting their ballots in Pakistan - finally. One week after the country's general election, residents of this Karachi neighbourhood vote for a new government. Some were prevented from voting on May 11, during what was at times a violent and chaotic ballot. The vote comes a day after a prominent local politician, Zarah Shahid Hussain, was fatally shot outside her home. She was a leading member of Pakistan Tehrik Insaf, a party headed by former cricket star Imran Khan. Supporters denounced the killing and paid tribute to the voters. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SHAH MEHMOOD QURESHI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN TEHREEK-E-INSAF, SAYING: "I would like to pay my tribute to the voters of NA-250. Who have come out to vote despite the threats that have been received. Despite the brutal murder of our (provincial) senior vice president Zahra Hussain." A handful of constituencies across the country are holding new votes amid allegations of ballot-rigging. But the polls will not drastically alter the outcome of the election, won in a landslide by opposition leader Nawaz Sharif.

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Pakistanis head back to polls

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 01:17