Islamabad: More than 21 hours after polling ended on Wednesday, Pakistan is awaiting an official announcement from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding the general election’s outcome. While vote counting ─ amid allegations of fraud by PML-N and other political parties ─ has been tediously slow, preliminary results indicate that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has obtained a clear edge over other parties.
Although PTI workers and supporters started celebrations before the final results, no statement — or even a tweet — has been issued by Imran Khan on his victory. Although his spokesperson Naeemul Haque earlier said that Khan would “address the nation” today at 2pm, state broadcaster PTV tweeted that the PTI chief would address a press conference at 4pm today.
On Thursday morning, the first session of the Pakistan Stock Exchange following the elections saw tremendous activity, with the bourse’s benchmark 100 index jumping more than 600 points within the first half an hour.
PTV News so far, quoting ECP, has released the final results of 85 National Assembly constituencies, according to which PTI is in the lead with its candidates winning 51 seats; PML-N has secured 17 seats; PPPP 8, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) 1, Awami Muslim League 1, Balochistan Awami Part 1, and Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal (MMA) 3. Three seats have been secured by independent candidates.