Independent candidates supporting currently jailed former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan topped the results of parliamentary elections held in Pakistan yesterday, Thursday, according to the results of unofficial elections broadcast on local television channels at dawn on Friday. Is.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which is led by Khan, was banned from participating in the elections as a party, but informal polls, the results of which were broadcast on local television channels, showed that independent The candidates, of whom there were dozens, were elected by their party leading in most electoral districts, whether federal or parliamentary elections. Regional.
12 hours after polling closed, the Election Commission published results for only 4 seats, and blamed “Internet problems” for the delay.
The Election Commission of Pakistan announced the results of 4 seats through statements on its website, in which the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sharif party won two seats, while two independent candidates won the other two seats.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan has asked polling officials to declare the election results within the next 30 minutes or be prepared to face strict action against them if allegations of rigging increase.
Polling stations closed at 5pm local time (12 GMT) and the delay in announcing the results raised fears of fraud.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party spokesman Rauf Hasan asked the Election Commission to ensure that the results are not tampered with, otherwise “we will not accept them.”
Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League was expected to win the largest number of seats in the election, as analysts confirmed that the 74-year-old former prime minister had struck an undisclosed deal with the military to return to the prime ministership. ,
But local television channels said the Muslim League's performance in the elections was poor, and even Nawaz Sharif lagged behind his rival in the electoral district he was contesting.
Voting centers opened their doors yesterday, Thursday, to select 266 representatives to Parliament from 5,121 candidates, and 593 representatives to regional parliaments from 12,695 candidates.
More than 128 million voters are entitled to participate in the 12th general parliamentary election, and the next government will be formed by the party that receives the support of two-thirds of the delegates.
These elections are being held amid security and political tensions and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was absent from participating in the elections due to a judicial decision, barring him from doing political work for 5 years. Was.
Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that 48 people, including security personnel, were killed and dozens injured in the violent incidents that took place on Thursday and the previous day.