PESHAWAR: Despite harsh weather conditions in the month of July, people from all walks of life in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including erstwhile Fata turned up in large number for voting in the ongoing general elections on Wednesday.
An encouraging fact was that women, elderly people and even disabled people came to the polling stations of their respective areas defying all odds to vote for their choice candidates.
In North Waziristan, men and women alike came for voting.
Although the number of women was not as high as men, but their presence at the polling stations was seen as a very positive development.
Women also turned up for voting in Upper and Lower Dir where they were previously not allowed to cast their vote. However, reports were received from Buner that women were not allowed voting in some areas.
At some polling stations, disabled persons were also seen coming to cast their votes. In Bajaur tribal district, a disabled person came to the polling station on self-help basis to make his presence felt.
In Charsadda, the polling faced little hindrances over the issue of mismanagement.
The ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan came to his home polling station to cast his vote. The QWP chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao also voted in Charsadda.
In Hangu, the polling remained smooth with people occasionally taking shelter in the shadow of trees to avoid scorching heat.
In Mardan, former chief minister and ANP leader Amir Haider Khan Hoti seen casting his vote, while the PTI leader Muhammad Atif cast also his vote in Mardan.
The JI Ameer Sirajul Haq cast his vote in Lower Dir.
Inspector General KP Muhammad Tahir visited the polling stations in Mardan and Nowshera to monitor security arrangements.
DPO Charsadda Shahzada Naeem Bukhari visited the media control room in Charsadda to ensure smooth voting.