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

Islamabad, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) led by cricketer turn politician Imran Khan has emerged as largest political party in Pakistan as it is leading on 114 National Assembly seats and is likely to form next government in the country.

Former ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), trails behind with 64 seats and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), is at third spot with 43 seats.

Millions of registered voters flocked to polling stations across the country yesterday to cast their vote to elect members of National Assembly the upper house of parliament and four Provincial Assemblies.

However the election results are still coming in, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters have already begun victory celebrations.

Preliminary results clearly show that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has obtained a clear edge over other parties as results trickled in.

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.

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.

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.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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