While Election Commission of Pakistan and the administration claims to have conducted free and fair elections, ground realities are bit different. Elections 2008 were mostly fair and people of Pakistan have vented their anger and frustration on the ballot paper. Rigging incidents were reported across the country, however, these incidents were not big enough to change overall national scenario or visibly tilt balance of power to one party. Majority of rigging was done at specific polling booths by parties that wanted to show large lead over opponents, which is a trademark of theirs.
Several incidents were recorded by Pakistani bloggers that indicate rigging and related offenses. KMB had an eyewitness account with pictures, The Emergency Times stated a case of blatant stamping, KO shared his and others’ voting experiences, while Teeth Maestero had a list of incidents going around Karachi.