Polling day: Banks to remain closed on Thursday
KARACHI: (Web Desk) On the election day (February 8), all the commercial banks will remain closed across the country so as to facilitate the voters, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said Tuesday.
As Pakistan braces for the most crucial elections in its history, the bank holiday has been announced as a public holiday to facilitate the voters to exercise their right of franchise conveniently, as per a notification issued by the central bank.
The notification said, “The State Bank of Pakistan will remain closed on February 8, 2024 (Thursday) being public holiday in the country as notified by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to enable the voters to exercise their right of franchise freely and conveniently in General Election, 2024.”
The notification came when also election campaign for the general elections is going to cease precisely at midnight – the night between February 6 and 7.
The decision will provide voters with an opportunity to thoroughly contemplate their choices before voting for their favored candidates in both the national and provincial assemblies.
The political parties and independent candidates have been carrying out door-to-door canvassing, seeking votes, and arranging logistics for election day. Meanwhile, the distribution of 260 million ballot papers and election materials has been finalized.
The candidates have arranged final rallies and events on Tuesday evening in a last-minute attempt to appeal to voters. The election campaign has been characterized by fierce political competition, passionate debates, impassioned speeches, and large-scale rallies. Candidates have sought to win over voters with their pledges, slogans, and platforms.