After the voting for the general elections in Pakistan, the counting of votes is going on there. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started announcing the election results from late Friday night, 10 hours after the polling ended. Voting was till 5 pm on Thursday. Pakistan Election Commission Special Secretary Zafar Iqbal announced the preliminary results while addressing a press conference in Islamabad around 3:00 am on Friday.
According to media reports, according to the results so far, Bilawal Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party has won three seats in the National Assembly, Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League has won four seats, and Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party has won five seats. Has been. To get majority out of total 265 seats in Pakistan, it is necessary to win 133 seats.
During this, he informed that independent candidate Samiullah Khan, supported by former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party Tehri’s Insaf Party, won the PK-76 seat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly by securing more than 18,000 votes.
PTI-backed independent candidate Fasal Hakim Khan won the PK-6 seat by securing 25,330 votes, he said. According to preliminary results declared by the commission, ‘PTI-backed’ independent candidate Ali Shah has won the PK-4 seat of Swat by 30,022 votes.
It is noteworthy that the Election Commission of Pakistan did not give any information till 3 o’clock on Friday night as to which party was leading. Political parties complained about this delay and raised questions on the election authority, after which the ECP directed all the provincial election commissioners and election officials to declare the results within half an hour and said that failing which they will face strict action. . When asked about the delay, Zafar Iqbal told a press conference that it happened because election officials were still compiling the results. He also rejected PTI’s claim that the ECP was manipulating the results to “control the victory” of the party.
Iqbal said, “It is not so.” The results will be out by Friday morning.” Earlier, election officials had stopped releasing the results to the media after PTI’s ”clear victory” on most of the seats in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces. PTI Chairman Barrister Gauhar Khan claimed in a statement that his party has won more than 150 seats in the National Assembly and is in a position to form the government in Punjab and KPK also. He urged the ECP to declare all the results without any delay. The caretaker government has not yet restored mobile services in Pakistan, which were shut down just before 8 am on Thursday citing security reasons.
A PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-N) insider told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif was at his party office late on Thursday night after receiving the news of the “surprising defeat”. Had gone home from. Sharif is the preferred candidate of the military establishment. He said, “Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shehbaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz had gathered at the party office in Model Town. He left for his home late on Thursday night after the shameful defeat of PML-N in the elections. Nawaz Sharif was far behind in NA-130 of Lahore and N-15 of Mansahra. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan is in jail and is banned from contesting elections. Khan, 71, of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party is contesting the elections as an independent candidate after the Supreme Court upheld the Election Commission’s decision to deprive his party of its election symbol cricket bat.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, a total of 5,121 candidates are in the running for the National Assembly seats. These include 4,807 men, 312 women and two transgenders. There are 12,695 candidates in the fray for the four provincial assemblies, including 12,123 men, 570 women and two transgenders. Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is also included in this election, who has been declared the prime ministerial candidate by the party. Voting is held on 266 out of 336 National Assembly seats but in Bajaur, voting on one seat was postponed after a candidate was killed in an attack. Another 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 for minorities and are allotted to the winning parties on the basis of proportional representation. To form a new government, any party will have to win 133 seats out of 265.