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Polls 2018: PTI tipped for victory as majority unofficial results announced

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is leading on 111 National Assembly seats whereas Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has managed to take 68 seats so far in general election 2018.

According to unofficial results of majority constituencies, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) stands at third position with 38 seats while 19 seats have been claimed by independent candidates.

In Punjab, the preliminary results show PML-N has taken 131 seats with PTI holding 124 provincial seats. Independent candidates have bagged 28 seats so far. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PTI stood on top slot with 65 seats whereas ANP only claimed eight seats.

However in Sindh, PTI has emerged as second largest party with 22 seats while PPP grabbed 70 seats so far. The situation is different in Balochistan where Balochistan Awami Party took 14 seats so but PTI failed to impress the voters.

More than 100 million people across the country exercised their voting right on July 25 from 8am to 6pm to elect new government for next five years.

The contest largely became a two-way race between Imran Khan, the World Cup cricket hero turned politician who heads PTI, and the PML-N of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, whose brother Shehbaz is leading his campaign.

PTI supporters are already holding small celebrations in cities across the country, including Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Rawalpindi, with fireworks, dancing and reports of celebratory gunshots as results pour in.

Candidates and voters

Over 12,500 candidates were in the run for the seats of National and provincial assemblies. According to the electoral rolls, 105.96 million voters were eligible to cast the vote. Of these, 59.22 million were male and 46.73 million are females.

As per ECP record, 59.22 percent of the registered voters in Pakistan are males while only 46.73pc are females.

ECP set up 85,307 polling stations across the country. Around 20,000 polling stations were declared sensitive and CCTV cameras were installed inside and outside all the sensitive polling stations.

Election results rejected

Shehbaz Sharif, president of Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), dismissed results from Wednesday’s nationwide poll as counting is still underway.

“Today what they have done has pushed Pakistan back 30 years… We reject this result,” Sharif, the brother of Pakistan’s jailed ex-leader Nawaz Sharif, told a press conference in Lahore.

“People will not bear it,” he added.

Sharif vowed later via Twitter to use “all political and legal options for redressal of these glaring excesses”, adding that the party would meet on Thursday to decide a way forward.

PPP also alleged the count was being manipulated.

“My candidates complaining polling agents have been thrown out of polling stations across the country,” tweeted PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, adding: “Inexcusable & outrageous”.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while talking to media said that he will host an All Parties’ Conference to discuss alleged rigging in elections.

ECP rejects rigging allegations

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) batted away allegations of ballot-rigging Thursday, defending an ongoing delay in the formal vote count as a technical issue.

Despite the technical issues, “these elections were 100 percent fair and transparent”, said Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza on Thursday, in his first comments after polls closed.

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