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Pakistan elections: Women voters undeterred by violence

People in Pakistan have taken part in landmark national and provincial polls.

The vote marks Pakistan's first transition from one civilian government to another in its 66-year history.

By midday, 30% of registered voters had turned out, election officials estimated, describing the figure as "very encouraging".

An election commission spokesman said they hoped for a figure of 60-80% by the end of the day.

The turnout in 2008 was 44%.

Iram Abbasi reports from Quetta.

  • 11 May 2013
  • From the section Asia