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PTI emerges largest party in polls, likely to form next govt


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is leading on 122 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 Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has managed to take second position with 68 seats and Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) stands at third position with 42 seats while 17 seats have been claimed by independent candidates.
The National Assembly of Pakistan has 342 members out of which 272 are directly elected members and 70 reserved seats for women and religious minorities. A political party must secure 172 seats to obtain and preserve a majority.
Each National Assembly is formed for a five-year term, commencing from the date of the first sitting, after which it is automatically dissolved. The Prime Minister of Pakistan is elected from the National Assembly.
So far in Punjab, the preliminary results showed PML-N has taken 131 seats with PTI holding 124 provincial seats. Independent candidates, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid and other parties have bagged 28, four and nine seats apiece
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PTI stood on top slot with 65 seats whereas ANP only claimed eight seats. Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) took nine seats, PPP two and other parties grabbed eight seats.
However in Sindh, PPP grabbed 70 seats while PTI emerged as second largest party with 22 seats. Muttahida Qaumi Movement bagged 20 seats, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and other parties clinched eight seats each.
The situation is different in Balochistan where Balochistan Awami Party took 14 seats but PTI failed to impress the voters. MMA and Balochistan National Party (BNP) stood at same level with eight seats each while independent candidates and other parties held seat seats each.
Millions of registered voters flocked to polling stations across the country on July 25 to cast their vote to elect members of National Assembly the upper house of parliament and four Provincial Assemblies.
PML-N, PPP, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Awami National Party (ANP) political parties have voiced grave concerns over what they termed ‘systematic manipulation in compilation and announcement of results’ by the polling staff.
The Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan Sardar Mohammad Raza rejecting the allegation has said that final results were delayed by technical failures. He said if there was delay in the announcement of the results because of technical fault in system, it does not mean rigging.
Despite hot and humid weather large number of people cast their votes and turnout of voters was good.
To hold a secure election around 350,000 troops were deployed across Pakistan to assist the Election Commission of Pakistan in the conduct of peaceful and transparent elections. In addition to that, some 450,000 cops were also part of the security contingents performing election duty.
Election was held on 270 seats out of 272 National Assembly seats, while election on two National Assembly constituencies has been postponed. As for the four Provincial Assemblies, election took place on 570 seats against the total 577 seats.
Over 12,500 candidates were in the run for National and Provincial Assemblies. Overall the election process remained smooth with few incidents of violence in some constituencies. – NNI


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