Islamabad (Staff Report): The printing of ballot papers for General Election 2018 began on Sunday under the supervision of Pakistan Army.

The ballot papers are being printed at three printing presses across the country — Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad as the army had already been deployed to printing facilities in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad by June 25.

The ECP had imported papers for the printing of ballot papers to ensure transparency.

Each ballot paper will cost around Rs10 to print. There are over 210 million ballot papers being printed, making it the most expensive ballot paper printing process in the country's history with a total estimated cost of over Rs2.1 billion.

The papers will also be printed in “round figures”, meaning if a polling station has 1,201 voters, 1,300 papers will be printed.

The ballot papers are said to carry a watermark, something which none of the previous papers had.