Pakistan’s subdued election day
Subdued. That is the best word I can come up with to describe the Pakistan blogosphere on election day. In a country used to the unexpected, the overwhelming sense is not over who is going to win but about what is going to happen next.
All Things Pakistan kicks off its own election-day debate with a prognosis, reproduced from an op-ed in the New Straits Times, that things will get worse before they get better. The Pakistan Policy Blog examines the potential for vote-rigging and post-election manoeuvring and concludes that “these elections are an exercise in managed competition.”
The Web site PKPolitics has put together a straightforward front page promising full details of the election results, although this appearance of normality is belied by two of its sub-headings — “violence reports” and “rigging reports”. Only a couple of blogs sound genuinely passionate about the poll. Chowrangi urges people to go out and vote, as does The Pakistani Spectator .
So far, the turnout has been fairly low. So what happens next?