The counting of votes for the Pakistan election is underway on Friday, and out of 106 parliamentary constituencies, non-party candidates have won 47 constituencies. Most of them support Imran Khan. The Election Commission of Pakistan said that the results of 57 constituencies have been announced so far.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif won by 1,71,024 votes against Yasmeen Rashid. Talha Hafeez Syed, son of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafeez Saeed, lost to a PTI-backed candidate.
Elections were held on Thursday for 265 out of 266 seats in the National Parliament of Pakistan. Here a political party needs a simple majority of 133 seats to come to power.
Sharif’s move to form a coalition government
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) has won at least 17 seats so far. Sharif’s confidant Ishaq Dar said that it has already held talks with non-party candidates to form a coalition government.
“I am confident that we will form the government. If any other party emerges as a clear winner, we will bow to it,” he said.
Ishaq said that non-party candidates are in contact with Nawaz Sharif’s party. “A non-party has approached us. As per the constitution, they will join any party in the next 72 hours,” said the former finance minister.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s PMLN, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are the main political parties in the fray.
Voting amid violence
A public holiday was declared across the country for voting on Thursday. More than 12 crore voters cast their votes through ballot papers. At least five policemen were killed in the terrorist attack in Dera Ismail Khan district. Mobile phone services were suspended till the end of the polling period.
There are a total of 336 seats in the Parliament of Pakistan, out of which 266 constituencies are up for election. In Bajaur, the election has been postponed due to the death of a candidate in firing. Another 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 seats for minorities. They are allocated based on the scale of representation of the winning parties.