Pakistan Election Results 2024 Live Updates: Independent candidates backed by jailed Imran Khan claim they ‘won’ general election amid delayed results.
Live updates on Pakistan’s 2024 election results: Pakistan experienced noticeable delays in vote counting following Thursday’s national elections, prompting the country’s election commission to issue an overnight warning to election officials urging them to release results promptly, even ten hours after polling stations closed. The political landscape of Pakistan is predominantly shaped by three main parties: the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
Pakistan 2024 Election Result Live Updates: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves to his supporters. (File) (AP)
Pakistan’s Election Commission began announcing results more than nine hours after voting ended.
In the 336-seat National Assembly, 266 candidates are directly elected and the remaining 70 seats are reserved. Among these reserved seats, 60 are reserved for women and 10 for non-Muslims, which are allocated based on the representation of each party in the Assembly. A minimum of 133 seats is required to secure a simple majority, but many analysts suggest the election results may not produce a decisive winner.
Key points so far:
- Initially, former Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, representing the PML-N party led by his brother Nawaz Sharif, secured victory in the 123rd seat from Lahore, leaving the party with 14 seats as of 12 noon.
- However, despite the PML-N’s gains, independent candidates backed by Imran Khan’s jailed PTI won 11 parliamentary seats.
- The Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari-led PPP managed to win 10 seats as of 12 noon, behind both the PML-N and the PTI.
- Zafar Iqbal, special secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), attributed the delay in the announcement of results to an “internet problem” due to which the first official results for the constituency were announced more than ten hours after voting closed.
- Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has urged people to remove passwords from their personal Wi-Fi networks through a social media post in a bid to make internet access easier for everyone nearby.
- As the counting process continues overnight, a clearer election picture is expected to emerge by early Friday.