Islamabad. Pakistan’s Election Commission on Monday released the full results of the controversy-ridden general elections, giving the preliminary positions of all political parties in the national and provincial assemblies. General elections were held on Thursday but there were unusual delays in announcing the results, leading to allegations of voting rigging in several constituencies across the country. Both jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have claimed victory.
In such a situation, the formation of a coalition government seems inevitable because no single party has got majority in the National Assembly. Voting took place in 854 national and provincial assembly constituencies of the country. According to preliminary results, 348 independent candidates were successful. Most of the independent candidates were supported by Khan’s PTI. He was forced to contest the elections as an independent as PTI was deprived of its election symbol – a cricket bat – due to its controversial inter-party elections.
Among political parties, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) emerged as the largest party by winning 227 seats, followed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 160 seats. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is at third position with 45 seats. According to preliminary results, independent candidates won 101 seats in the National Assembly.
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N got 75 seats, while former foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s PPP won 54 and MQM-P won 17 seats. Among other parties, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) won four seats, PML-Quaid won three and Istehkaam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) and Balochistan National Party (BNP) won two seats each. Elections were held for 265 seats in the National Assembly.
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