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Pakistan Votes 2013

A shopkeeper vows to vote for PTI. Image by @SoofiSays for PakVotes. Used with Permission.

A shopkeeper vows to vote for Imran Khan's party PTI. Image by @SoofiSays for PakVotes. Used with Permission.

Hope, blood and technology – the road to the country's historic polls has been defined by all three. Pakistan's 2013 general elections, scheduled for May 11, 2013, will be the first time a democratic government has succeeded another democratic government in the country. A new player on the country's political scene, cricket-star turned politician Imran Khan, is proving to be a real challenger to the country's established parties. His party's use of social media, particularly Facebook, which is the most visited site in Pakistan, is being viewed as a possible game-changer.

The weeks leading up to voting day have been plagued with violence, dozens of people have been killed in bombings targeting campaigns, rallies and crowded places. In April, the Pakistani Taliban warned voters that they would step up attacks against secular politicians.

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