Pakistan: Imran Khan's PTI emerges single largest-party with 116 seats
Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf today emerged as the single largest party in the country's general elections, winning 116 National Assembly seats of the contested 270 parliamentary constituencies, according to the election commission's final results. The final announcement of results of the parliamentary polls held on July 25 had been marred by delays, causing anger among leaders of losing parties which leveled allegations of fraud.
Sharif's party bags second place followed by Zardari's PPP
Jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 64 and former President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) with 43 seats are placed at number two and three respectively. Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan (MMAP) came fourth with 13 seats. Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQMP), which ruled the city for decades, managed to get just six seats.
Independent candidates to ally with PTI
Meanwhile, thirteen independent candidates have also won and would play important roles as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) needs their support to form the government at the Center.
ECP releases number of votes won by the parties
Election Commission of Pakistan also released the total votes each political party received. The PTI is on the top with 16,857,035 votes, followed by the PML-N with 12,894,225, and the PPP with 6,894,296 votes. The independent candidates with 6,011,297 votes are the fourth largest group in terms of votes cast. The MMAP got 2,530,452 votes, Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan 2,191,679 and Allah-o-Akhbar Tehreek 171,441 votes.
Here are the details of voter turnouts
The ECP also issued final voters' turnout in the election of both national and provincial assemblies, showing 51.7% turnout for the National Assembly (NA), 55% for Punjab provincial assembly, 47.6% for Sindh, 45.5% for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and 45.2% for Balochistan provincial assembly.
Sharif's party secures top place in provincial results
The provincial results have been also announced and the PML-N has become the single largest party with 129 seats in Punjab, the PPP with 76 in Sindh, the PTI with 66 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the Balochistan Awami Party with 15 in Balochistan. The Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a party of hardline Sunni Brailvi sect followers, clinched two seats in Sindh Assembly.