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Pakistan Elections 2018 : Imran Khan leads as rivals cry foul

Islamabad, July 26 : Former Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is obtaining a clear edge over other parties in the country’s general election but is likely to fall short of the 137 seats needed for a majority in the National Assembly, raising the prospect it would need to find coalition partners among smaller parties and independents.

Islamabad, July 26 : Former Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is obtaining a clear edge over other parties in the country’s general election but is likely to fall short of the 137 seats needed for a majority in the National Assembly, raising the prospect it would need to find coalition partners among smaller parties and independents.

and jailed rival Nawaz Sharif’s of PML-N has rejected the result as “blatantly” rigged.The delays and allegations of rigging dominated the early hours of Thursday in Pakistan but the Pakistan Election Commission rubbished the charges, and blamed a delay in the results on technical failures.

Although PTI workers and supporters started celebrations before the official announcement of final results, no statement — or even a tweet — has been issued by Khan on his victory. His spokesperson Naeemul Haque, however, tweeted that the PTI chief will “address the nation” today at 2pm “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”.

With just 30 per cent of the total vote counted, the Election Commission of Pakistan had  Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party leading in 112 of 272 contested National Assembly constituencies.While PML N: 64,PPP: 44,IND: 18

The party’s rivals, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), both rejected the count and Sharif’s brother Shehbaz  said there were complaints that soldiers stationed in polling stations had thrown out political parties’ monitors during the tabulations and raised concerns about the procedure through which results were issued, alleging their polling agents were not allowed to verify vote counts, as is mandated by law.

“We completely reject this result, completely,” said Shehbaz Sharif, leader of the incumbent PML-N party, at a late night press conference in Lahore. “We will not tolerate this, and the people will use everything in their power to regain their rights. This is clear rigging, and we do not accept these results.”

An official at the Election Commission said early on Thursday that final results had been delayed by technical failures. “There’s no conspiracy, nor any pressure in delay of the results. The delay is being caused because the result transmission system has collapsed,” secretary Babar Yaqoob told reporters.

 

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