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In Pakistan, elections are like a festival and democracy a farce

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 4:44 pm

Monday, November 7, was my first day at work at The Press of Atlantic City and on the following day I came to know that today is an election day - elections to the New Jersey state senate, assembly and Atlantic City council. What! Election; for a moment I was surprised as there was no election-related hustle and bustle, no campaign banners and party flags on the streets and no loudspeaker announcements - like in Pakistan - which made me curious about the scene at polling stations.

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Hamid Ur Rehman
  • Hamid Ur Rehman
  • Visiting journalist from Pakistan
  • Hamid Ur Rehman is a journalist from Pakistan, where he works with the English daily Dawn in Islamabad as a sub-editor. He is here as part of the US-Pakistan Professional Partnership Program for Journalists, a U.S.-funded program aimed at giving Pakistani journalists first-hand knowledge and working experience of international journalism while also helping the host paper learn more about Pakistan. Hamid will be working with The Press of Atlantic City’s news department, and will also be working with reporters in the field to learn from their experiences and share his own.
Ayesha Azhar
  • Ayesha Azhar
  • Visiting journalist from Pakistan
  • Ayesha Azhar is a journalist from Pakistan, where she works as a sub-editor at an English language daily, The Express Tribune, which is with the International Herald Tribune. She is here as part of the US-Pakistan Professional Partnership Program for Journalists, a U.S.-funded program aimed at giving Pakistani journalists first-hand knowledge and working experience of international journalism while also helping the host paper learn more about Pakistan. While she observes and works with The Press of Atlantic City, she will chronicle her experiences in this blog.