JUL 26, 2018 (Updated): Several big guns lost their turf in the constituencies they never thought to lose — including former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Nisar Ali Khan, in addition to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak, while others retook their ground.
In NA-246 — called the Lyari constituency of Karachi — traditionally a PPP stronghold for decades, PTI candidate Abdul Shakoor is leading. The Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) is trailing behind in second position and PPP Chairman Bilawal Zardari — his first contest in polls — is trailing behind in 3rd position.
PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari won from Larkana in Sindh and lost in NA-8 Malakand in KP.
The biggest setback was former PM Abbasi, losing both his seats from NA-57 Murree and NA-53 Islamabad. The shocker for Abbasi was losing from his home constituency.
Similarly, another surprise was former interior minister Nisar losing in NA-59 and NA-63, which is his home constituency. PTI’s Ghulam Sarwar Khan won NA-59 (Rawalpindi-III).
Nisar was among the politicians who have consecutively been winning their seats since 1988. It for the first time he lost his home constituency.
PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal, the former Interior Minister and minister for Planning & Reforms, won in NA-78 (Narowal II) with 126,385 votes, according to unofficial results. PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz Sharif who made his debut, is leading in 2 Lahore constituencies. PML-N’s Khurram Dastagir Khan won NA-81 (Gujranwala-III) with 130,837 votes.
PTI’s Pervez Khattak won NA-25 (Nowshera-I) with 82,115 votes while losing from another constituency.
PTI’s Yasmin Rashid faces defeat, PML-N candidate emerges victorious in NA-125.
According to results received from 49 percent poling stations, PTI has secured a lead on 119 seats on national level followed by PML-N which is leading in 61 NA constituencies; PPP has lead in 40 constituencies; Independents have lead in 16 constituencies; MMA has lead in 11 constituencies; GDA in Sindh is leading in 4 constituencies; MQM-P has lead in 8 constituencies; BNP-M is leading in 4 constituencies; PML-Q has lead in 3 constituencies; and ANP has lead in one constituency.
With nearly half the votes counted, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, is in a commanding lead but it needs to hit magic figure of 137, the number of seats needed to form a majority government.
But supporters of PML-N whose stronghold in PUnjab — country’s largest province, said the counting process was an assault on democracy.
PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, while addressing a press conference in Lahore late on Wednesday, expressed strong reservations over the polling process, saying his party doesn’t accept the preliminary results shared by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
“I am forced to say that we completely reject these results,” he declared, alleging that there has been a “blatant violation of public’s mandate”.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) surprisingly emerged as a major political party in Karachi as it is poised to grab 12 National Assembly seats out of 21.
For the first time in almost 30 years of its history, Karachi’s most popular party MQM-P has so far been declared victorious on six NA seat only.
Meanwhile, the stock market shot up nearly 2 per cent in early trading on relief the likely coalition government will be a strong one. Pakistan faces a mounting economic crisis that is likely to require a bailout by the International Monetary Fund, although PTI has not ruled out seeking succor from China, Islamabad’s closest ally and major lender todate.
JUL 25, 2018: Here are some updates on the polls and the results for Election 2018 held on July 25.
–The run up to the elections has been one of the bloodiest in the countries history which saw string of deadly attacks by terrorists targeting election candidates and their supporters. Some 370,000 army personnel were deputed to assist the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) conduct a peaceful polling.
–Party positions so far (unofficial results) according to Dawn and Geo: PTI leads with 97, PML-N at 62, PPP at 28, MMA at 7 and MQM at 7.
–Women in Dir, Kohistan, and North and South Waziristan made history when they cast their votes for the first time in Election 2018.
–Other areas that saw an unprecedented turnout of women voters included Badin and Mithi, where a large number of women voters were spotted casting their votes.
–The ECP had earlier said that turnout of less than 10 per cent of women voters at any polling station across the country would lead to the results from those polling stations being considered null and void.
–PTI chief Imran Khan Has Won NA 243 Karachi Seat.
— PTI candidate Shah Mehmood Qureshi has won NA156 seat.
–Elections have been postponed in eight national and provincial assembly constituencies. In one of the constituencies, a candidate had been disqualified while in the other seven, the contesting candidates had passed away.
According to data released by ECP, a total of 3,459 candidates — 1,623 from Punjab, 824 from Sindh, 725 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 287 from Balochistan — were cleared to run for the 272 general seats of the national assembly. However, elections in two constituencies — NA-60, NA-108 — were later postponed by the commission.
A single party will need to bag at least 137 of the directly elected seats to be able to form the government on its own.
In the event that a party is unable to secure a “simple majority”, there is a hung parliament. This is when no single party can make government, leaving room for the formation of a coalition government of winning candidates from various political parties.