WOMEN LINE UP TO VOTE IN A POLLING STATION IN KARACHI, PAKISTAN. PAKISTANIS VOTED WEDNESDAY IN THEIR FIRST FREE ELECTIONS IN MORE THAN 10 YEARS, DECIDING WHETHER THE CHARISMATIC POPULIST BENAZIR BHUTTO WILL BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE MOSLEM NATION. ABOUT 30 POLITICAL PARTIES RAN FOR 217 SEATS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, BUT THE TWO HEAVYWEIGHTS WERE BHUTTO'S PAKISTAN PEOPLE'S PARTY AND THE CONSERVATIVE ISLAMIC DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE, WHICH IS DOMINATED BY SUPPORTERS OF THE LATE MILITARY RULER GEN. MOHAMMAD ZIA UL-HAQ. THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF MAJOR VIOLENCE OR FRAUD AS THE POLLS CLOSED. POLICE PATROLLED THE STREETS TO KEEP ORDER. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION SAID MORE THAN HALF OF THE 48 MILLION ELIGIBLE VOTERS CAST BALLOTS.

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