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Pakistan Election Results 2018 updates: PTI in talks with MQM-P to make up numbers in National Assembly

A European Union monitoring team said that the campaign for Pakistan’s general election this week featured a “lack of equality” that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties.

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Pakistan Election Results 2018 updates: PTI in talks with MQM-P to make up numbers in National Assembly

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16:23 (ist)

'Stolen' polls, 'dubious' results will have 'bad impact' on country's politics, says Nawaz Sharif

In his first reaction over the general election results, Pakistan's jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has alleged that the polls had been "stolen" and warned that the "tainted and dubious” results would cast a "bad impact" on the country's politics. Talking to visitors in Adiala Jail on Thursday, the incarcerated leader of the PML-N, expressed his reservations over the elections results in Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, the Dawn reported.

19:25 (ist)

Stood for restoration of civil supremacy but mandate has been snatched from us, says Nawaz Sharaf

Nawaz Sharif has rejected the election results and said that the mandate was snatched from his party, Geo News reported. The former Pakistan prime minister made the remarks during a meeting with party leaders at Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. reported.  

Nawaz further said that he firmly adheres to his 'respect for vote' stance, adding that he is standing for the restoration of civil supremacy.

16:43 (ist)

FIR registered against 150 PML-N workers in Rahimyar Khan, results in PK-80 stopped

According to local media reports, an FIR has been registered against PML-N candidate Imtiaz Ahmed and 150 other workers in Rahimyar Khan for attacking a returning officer’s office. Samaa TV reported that the workers were holding a protest against the alleged irregularities in the counting process and they ended up destroying some property. A cases was registered against them under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

09:16 (ist)

AML chief Sheikh Rasheed wins NA-62

The Express Tribune reported that according to unofficial results, the Awami Muslim League (AML) president Sheikh Rasheed has won NA-62 (Rawalpindi-VI) with 1,17,718 votes.

08:07 (ist)

How are votes counted in Pakistan?

Facing questions over the delay in declaring results, ECP secretary Babar Yaqoob said on Thursday morning, the Result Transmission Service failed after results of 25,000 out of 85,000 polling stations were uploaded. According to Dawnthis is how votes are counted: 

- Votes that are dropped into ballot boxes are manually counted by presiding officers and assistants in the polling booth. 

- Following this, officers transfer these boxes into sealed bags provided by the ECP.

- The bags are then handed over to the Returning Officer (RO) who, in turn, hands it over to the District Returning Officer (DRO). The DRO then submits the bags to the ECP's offices or storage houses. Green bags are for NA votes, white for Provincial Assembly votes and blue for unverified votes. 

- The presiding officer fills Form 45 and Form 46  for every NA and PA seat. These forms contain information about the candidate and how many votes they received. This data can be shared with polling agents and candidates present at stations. 

- The Presiding Officer takes a screenshot of both the forms and uploads them to the Results Transmission System, which is an Android app enabling election officers to send results to the ECP in real time. 

07:39 (ist)

Imran Khan wins NA-95 (Mianwali)

PTI chief Imran Khan has bagged NA-95 (Mianwali) with 1,27,530 votes, reported ARY Newsas per unofficial results. He defeated PML-N's Abdullah Khan who received 49,532 votes. 

07:06 (ist)

PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif leading in NA-132 Lahore with 84,363 votes

As per unofficial trends, Pakistan Today reported PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is leading NA-132 Lahore with 84,362 votes against PTI’s Mansha Sindhu who has managed to secure 52,213 till now.

07:03 (ist)

PTI chief Imran Khan leading against PML-N in Lahore

According to Pakistan TodayPTI chief Imran Khan has bagged 8,033 votes in NA- 131 Lahore and is in the lead against PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique, who has garnered 7,644 votes so far.

06:44 (ist)

PTI leading in 112 seats, PML-N ahead in 65 seats

As per unofficial trends, according to Dawn, PTI is leading in 112 seats, while PML-N is second with 65 seats. Bilawal Bhutto's PPP is trailing at third place with 43 seats. 

06:13 (ist)

PTI leading on 111 seats, PML-N ahead in 63 seats

As per the latest unofficial trends on ARY News, PTI is leading on 111 seats and PML-N on 63 seats. PPP is trailing at 38 seats.

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July 27, 2018 - 22:16 (IST)

Pakistan poll panel officially announces result of all NA seats 

July 27, 2018 - 18:10 (IST)

Recounting ordered in NA-131 on PML-N candidate's plea challenging Imran Khan’s victory 

The Returning Officer has approved PML-N leader Saad Rafique's plea on Friday, which challenged his opponent Imran Khan’s victory in NA-131 Lahore 9 constituency.

Rafique, who lost to the PTI chairman in a closely-fought contest, has filed a complaint with the returning officer alleging that the presiding officer deliberately rejected hundreds of votes as invalid.

The RO has ordered for a recount in the constituency, according to Geo TV.

July 27, 2018 - 18:06 (IST)

Bilawal Bhutto loses from PPP stronghold Lyari, gets 1 of 3 NA seats

Losing Lyari seat was perhaps one of the most humiliating defeats for the PPP. Bilawal Bhutto, whose family has a long association with the Lyari seat and even regarded it as a second home, only manage to get to third place in the electoral race. Besides, Bilawal managed to win from the PPP's fort of Larkana but lost to the PTI in Malakand.

July 27, 2018 - 17:59 (IST)

EU monitoring team says Pakistan election not a level playing field

A European Union monitoring team said that the campaign for Pakistan’s general election this week featured a “lack of equality” that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties. 

“Although there were several legal provisions aimed at ensuring a level playing field, we have concluded that there was a lack of equality and (of) opportunity,” Michael Gahler, chief observer of the EU Election Observation Mission, told a news conference in its preliminary assessment of the poll.

July 27, 2018 - 17:54 (IST)

Veteran Pakistan politician Chaudhary Nisar Khan fails to win NA seat

Veteran Pakistani politician Chaudhary Nisar Khan, who was the interior minister in the previous PML-N government and only recently parted ways with the party owing to several differences, was defeated from his traditional stronghold of Rawalpindi.

Nisar, who has been a National Assembly member since 1985, lost both his NA seats — NA-59 and NA-60 — to PTI. Moreover, he lost one of the two provincial seats he contested from in Punjab. 

July 27, 2018 - 17:11 (IST)

PPP skips all-party meet called by PML-N on poll irregularities 

Bilawal Bhutto-led Pakistan People's Party has decided to skip the all-party meet called by the PML-N in Islamabad on Friday. Party spokesperson Farhatullah Babar told Dawn, that the PPP was not informed in advance regarding the MPC, and the party did not see the need to attend it when its own leadership was gathering in Karachi to discuss the issue.

"The PPP leadership will devise its own political strategy [over alleged poll irregularities," Babar added.

July 27, 2018 - 17:03 (IST)

PTI emerges as single-largest party in official data

July 27, 2018 - 16:55 (IST)

51.85% voter turnout recorded in NA polls in Pakistan

 
July 27, 2018 - 16:30 (IST)

51.85% turnout recorded in high-decibel NA polls, marginally less than 2013

According to the official election commission data, the voter turnout for the National Assembly polls was 51.85 percent as compared to the 53 percent recorded in 2013 elections. In provincial polls, Balochistan saw the lowest turnout at 44.79 percent while Punjab had the highest turnout at 55.09 percent. Here is the state-wise turnout data. The data reflects only the number of valid votes casted. 

  • Balochistan - 44.79%
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  - 45.52%
  • Sindh - 48.11%
  • Punjab - 55.09% 

July 27, 2018 - 16:26 (IST)

PTI denies rumours it reached out to PPP for govt formation 

PTI has denied rumours that it was in touch with Bilawal Bhutto-led PPP to get the required numbers to form a government at the Centre. The party tweeted out PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary's rebuttal to such rumours. 

Pakistan Election Results 2018 latest updates: A European Union monitoring team said that the campaign for Pakistan’s general election this week featured a “lack of equality” that meant it was not a level playing field for all parties.

Losing Lyari seat was perhaps one of the most humiliating defeats for the PPP. Bilawal Bhutto, whose family has a long association with the Lyari seat and even regarded it as a second home, only manage to get to third place in the electoral race. Besides, Bilawal managed to win from the PPP's fort of Larkana but lost to the PTI in Malakand.

According to the official election commission data, the voter turnout for the National Assembly polls was 51.85 percent as compared to the 53 percent recorded in 2013 elections. In provincial polls, Balochistan saw the lowest turnout at 44.79 percent while Punjab had the highest turnout at 55.09 percent.

PTI has denied rumours that it was in touch with Bilawal Bhutto-led PPP to get the required numbers to form a government at the Centre. The party tweeted out PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary's rebuttal to such rumours.

The ECP has corrected the results of NA-190 (DG Khan II), declaring Independent candidate Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa as the winner, reported Dawn. Previously, PTI candidate Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa was declared as the winner with a thin margin. As per the new Form 47, the "clerical error" occurred due to entering the wrong number of votes in the Results Management System.

According to local Pakistan media, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has released provisional results of 251 out of 270 National Assembly (NA) seats which were polled on 25 July. According to the results, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is leading the NA tally with 110 NA seats. Trailing is the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 63 and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 42 seats.

There are a total of 12 independents in the NA so far as well.

PML-N leader and Shehbaz Sharif's son, Hamza said that the party will form government in Punjab province despite allegations of poll rigging. In a press conference on Friday, he said, "The democratic process should continue. The answer to a weak democracy is another democracy."

PTI chairman Imran Khan has reportedly tasked his confidant Jahangir Tareen with recruiting Independent Members of the Provincial Assembly in Punjab. The decision was made after an advisory meeting in Islamabad.

The Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) workers staged a protest in Karachi on Thursday night after their chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, was defeated in NA-246 (Karachi South I), a PPP stronghold, as per unofficial results, reported Geo TV.

According to Dawn, PML-N's Khwaja Saad Rafique has challenged Imran Khan's NA-131 (Lahore) win in a petition submitted to Returning Officer Muhammad Akhtar Bhango. The former minister has alleged that the presiding officer deliberately rejected several votes in the constituency.

The Election Commission of Pakistan has released results for 95 percent of seats — ie: 251 out of 272 seats — and the PTI is leading in 110 of them. Even if it manages to win all 19 of the seats where counting is currently in progress, it may not be able to form government on its own.

As per the latest update from Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday, around 94.89 percent results of National and Provincial assemblies have been declared. PTI has won 110 seats in the National Assembly; PML-N 63 seats and PPP 42 seats.

Pakistan's election commission has said that the official results can be expected to come out in the next three to four hours. The poll panel rejected all claims of rigging but acknowledged that it received over 670 complaints during the polling process.

Poll panel has said that the turn out for these polls was impressive, even though it said that the exact numbers will be revealed tomorrow. The poll panel's statement comes at a time when all major political parties (except winning PTI) had claimed that voters were prevented from casting vote due to slow polling process, and panel's failure to extend the deadline.

Pakistan Election Results 2018 updates PTI in talks with MQMP to make up numbers in National Assembly

Representational image. AP

Nawaz Sharif has rejected the election results and said that the mandate was snatched from his party, Geo News reported. The former Pakistan prime minister made the remarks during a meeting with party leaders at Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

Nawaz further said that he firmly adheres to his 'respect for vote' stance, adding that he is standing for the restoration of civil supremacy.

Imran Khan said that he is ready for an investigation into the rigging allegations being levelled by major political parties in Pakistan. "I will ensure that all and every concern of the Opposition is addressed. We will acknowledge all concerns, unlike previous governments. These are the cleanest, most transparent elections in the history of Pakistan," Khan said.

Imran Khan said that he has seen that the ties between India and Pakistan have not progressed because the two countries have always indulged in blame game which further stagnated the bilateral relations. "If India takes a step towards us, we are ready to reciprocate by walking two steps. But the step should at least come from them. Right now it is one sided where India is constantly just blaming us. ," Khan added.

Prime minister-elect Imran Khan said that the new Pakistan under the leadership of PTI will focus on policy, governance, transparency and foreign policies. Imran slammed the Indian media when he started speaking about its eastern neighbour and said that the media portrayed him as a "Bollywood villain" when the two nations should focus on furthering better ties with each other. Imran said the blame-game between India and Pakistan must stop. "Kashmiris have suffered significantly. India and Pakistan must take steps to improve trade relations and the situation in Kashmir."

Imran mentioned China and said that there are lessons to be learnt from Beijing too. "We will strengthen and improve our relations with China. We want to work towards success of CPEC. We also want to send teams to learn poverty alleviation from China. How to lift our most poor who can’t even eat two meals a day." Lauding China's zero tolerance policy for corruption, Imran said, "The second thing we can learn from China is how they curbed corruption and set the example that corruption does not pay."

"We will not let political victimisation of anyone happen. No one will be above the law; this is our aim. And for these checks and balances, we need strong institutions. I don’t think any leader has seen as many personal attacks as I have seen in the past 3 years. I have forgotten it all and it’s behind me. This is bigger than Imran Khan. This is about the country. We want to set an example that the law will be supreme. The west is ahead of us purely because of these principles and this must become our guiding principle."

Khan said that in the past decade, he saw the rise and fall of Pakistan. He condemned the violence in elections, especially in Balochistan as he praised the people for coming out in large numbers to vote despite the intimidation. "I came into politics 22 years ago because I believe that the potential of our country was not being realised. The Pakistan that I saw growing up deteriorated in front of my very eyes."

Trends show that chiefs of six mainstream political parties, including PPP's Bilawal Bhutto and MMA president Maulana Fazlur Rehman, are set to lose elections in the PTI stronghold, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. This was the first time in history of Pakistan that KPK is poised to re-elected a party in the provincial Assembly.

PTI chief Imran Khan is the first ever Pakistani politician to have contested five seats and win all of them. Prior to Khan, only Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto contested from four constituencies at the same time, of which he won three and lost out on one seat to Mufti Mehmood.

Former Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who was contesting from Murree and Islamabad, has lost both seats to PTI candidates. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Islam chief and prime minister in-waiting Imran Khan is expected to deliver his victory speech at 4 pm PST from Islamabad's Bani Gala area.

Former Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (1,24,703 votes) has lost to PTI's Saddiqui Ali Abbasi (1,36,249 votes) on his home turf NA-57 (Rawalpindi I).

Quoting party sources, Dawn reported that Hamza Shehbaz Sharif and Saad Rafique have been tasked with recruitment of Independent winners to ensure PML-N is able to form government in Punjab.

According to latest unofficial election trends, ARY News reported that PTI is currently leading in 115 seats, a drop from the earlier 120. PML-N, on the other hand, is now ahead in 64 seats, and PPP in 38 seats.

According to The Guardian, Pakistan will have to wait until Thursday evening for official results to be announced, ECP officials have said. It is 24 hours after polls closed on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, the Pakistan stock market showed a bullish trend, a day after the country voted for the second consecutive democratic government, as early unofficial election results tipped PTI to win most seats.

PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif's son, Muhammad Hamza Shehbaz Sharif has bagged NA-124 (Lahore II) with 1,46,294 votes, defeating PTI's Muhammad Nauman Qaiser, who secured 80,981 votes unofficial results show. As per latest unofficial trends, PTI leading in 119 seats, PMLN in 61 seats and PPP is ahead in 40 seats.

According to Dawn, PML-N's Muhammed Riaz won NA-123 (Lahore-I) with 97,193 votes, defeating PTI which secured 72,535 votes. Meanwhile, the Awami National Party general secretary, Iftikhar Hussain rejected the election results.

The biggest setback for former Pakistan prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is losing both seats from his home constituency NA-57 (Rawalpindi-I) and NA-53 (Islamabad II).

In Islamabad, PTI bagged all seats, where in NA-54 (Islamabad-III), Asad Umer defeated Anjum Aqeel Khan, while in NA-53 (Islamabad II) Imran Khan defeated former Abbasi. Similarly, in NA-52 (Islamabad-I), PML-N candidate Tariq Fazal Chaudhary lost to PTI's Raja Khurram, Chaudhary was regularly elected to National Assembly since 2008.

Following technical glitches in the Result Transmission System which led to delay in announcement of results, an ECP source said that system has not yet recovered, and it will take about three to four hours more to get all the results.

Imran Khan's spokesperson Naeemul Haque said that the PTI chief will “address” Pakistan on Thursday at 2 pm PST, reported Dawn, “in celebration and recognition of the massive support received from the people of Pakistan in the 2018 elections which was a contest between the forces of good and evil”.

PTI chief Imran Khan has bagged NA-95 (Mianwali) with 1,27,530 votes, reported ARY News, as per unofficial results. He defeated PML-N's Abdullah Khan who received 49,532 votes.

Amid allegations of wrongdoing and rigging in the Pakistan elections, PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif said the party rejected the election results. "We will use all political and legal options for redressal of these glaring excesses. This is an outright rigging and the results based on massive rigging will cause irreparable damage to the country," he said in a tweet.

As per unofficial trends, according to Dawn, Imran Khan's PTI is leading in 112 seats in Pakistan, while PML-N is second with 65 seats. Bilawal Bhutto's PPP is trailing at third place with 43 seats.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected allegations of any wrongdoing in the general election after several political parties raised objections over the process and said they feared rigging.

The ECP said the election results were being collected and the first official result will be announced soon.

ECP secretary Babar Yaqoob said Result Transmission Service failed after results of 25,000 out of 85,000 polling stations were uploaded.

Pakistan Election Results 2018 updates PTI in talks with MQMP to make up numbers in National Assembly

Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party celebrate in Karachi. Reuters

He rejected any wrongdoing in the election and said "the issue of fraud can be discussed after ECP announces the results". The Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has claimed victory despite serious questions being raised over the authenticity of the election process.

Sensing victory, PTI supporters erupted in jubilation as trends showed the party was leading on 111 seats. According to latest trends available, PTI was followed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of jailed leader Nawaz Sharif. PML-N was leading on 68 National Assembly seats.

Hundreds of PTI supporters came out on streets in several cities, dancing and celebrating. "We have got our Naya Pakistan," said Shahid Ali, one of the supporters, as he danced euphorically near the busy Faizabad interchange, which links Islamabad with the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

The Press Trust of India correspondent was caught for several hours in traffic when returning from the election coverage as highly-charged PTI workers raised victory slogans.

Reports said similar celebrations were being organised in other cities as well. The victory and joy in the PTI camp appeared premature as the incumbent PML-N and Bilawal Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) rejected the results. "Our polling agents were not given results and we will not accept it," said Khurshid Shah of PPP.

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif alleged that the election process was "blatantly" rigged. He warned of protests. Analysts predicted tumultuous weeks ahead for Pakistan as a strong opposition to the election results was building up.

Pakistan Election Results 2018 updates PTI in talks with MQMP to make up numbers in National Assembly

PML-N was leading on 67 seats and PPP on 39. "They will make a lethal combination if they joined hands against Imran Khan," analyst Sohail Warriach said.

A party can form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats out of the total 342. A single party will need at least 137 of the 272 directly-elected seats to be able to form the government on its own.

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