Pakistan Elections: Shehbaz Sharif secures victory with 63,953 votes from Lahore as counting underway

Feb 9, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and former prime minister of the country Shehbaz Sharif has secured national and provincial assembly seats. LahorePakistan-based ARY News reported on Friday, citing the Election Commission of Pakistan.
(PML-N) has won four seats National AssemblyDawn reported today citing preliminary reports from the country's election panel.
According to results received from all polling stations, Shehbaz Sharif won the NA-123 seat by securing 63,953 votes, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed independent candidate Afzal Azim got 48,486 votes.
Additionally, Shehbaz Sharif won the Lahore PP-158 seat by securing 38,642 votes, while independent candidate Yousuf Ali was the runner-up with 23,847 votes.
According to ARY News report, PML-N's main organizer Maryam Nawaz won Lahore's PP-189 seat with 23,598 votes.
According to ARY report, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) emerged victorious from two National Assembly seats with Sadiq Ali Memon NA 225 (Thatta, Sindh province) and Syed Ali Musa Gilin NA 151 (Multan, Punjab province).
Amid the delay in the announcement of election results, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja has contacted chief secretaries, DROs and provincial election commissioners, reports The News International. According to the ECP press release, they have issued strict instructions to ensure immediate declaration of results.
According to unofficial results, PPP and former Prime Minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are leading with five seats each.
The voting process for the 2024 general elections in Pakistan concluded on 8 February.
As per ARY News report, voting in Pakistan started at 8 am and continued till 5 pm without any interruption to give maximum time to the citizens to exercise their franchise.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), more than 128 million registered voters were to exercise their democratic right by casting votes for the candidates contesting for the national and provincial assemblies.
Voting was held for 265 seats of the National Assembly and 590 seats of the Provincial Assembly. Voting for this election was postponed due to the death of a candidate on one seat.
There are 336 seats in the National Assembly of Pakistan. A total of 266 are decided through direct voting on election day, while 70 reserved seats are allocated according to the strength of each party in the House. Any party requires 133 seats for a simple majority.
Voting was held on 51 seats of Balochistan Assembly, 128 out of 130 seats of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, 296 out of 297 seats of Punjab Assembly and 130 seats of Sindh Assembly. As per ARY News report, voting took place in 855 out of 859 constituencies.
However, voting did not take place on NA 8, PP 266, PK 22 and PK 91 due to the death of the candidate.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has alleged that the mandate of the people of Pakistan is being stolen. Imran Khan's party said every independent result shows that PTI is winning with a huge majority despite pre-poll rigging and harassment.
PTI said votes for each candidate are tabulated at each polling station on Form 45. Imran Khan's party noted that copies of these forms have been collected by polling agents of the PTI candidate, which show him winning with a large majority. However, the returning officers are now manipulating the results using Form 47.
In a statement issued at showed that PTI was winning with a huge majority. Form 45 is the primary source of election results at the lowest level.”
“Votes for each candidate are tabulated at each polling station on Form 45. Copies of these forms have been collected by polling agents of PTI candidates, which show them winning with large majorities. However, the returning officers are now using the results to “What is being manipulated is Form 47, which is a summary of all Form 45s from each polling station,” it added.
PTI alleged that there were reports of polling agents being kidnapped and forced to sign fake Form 45. Imran Khan's party said that it has video evidence of rigging. It said that the people of Pakistan would not accept “rigged elections”.
In a statement posted on Twitter, PTI said, “In addition, there are also reports of polling agents being kidnapped and forced to sign fake Form 45. As per the Election Act, the results will be declared till 2:00 am ( Issuance of Form 47) is mandatory.” During this period, presence of candidates and their polling agents is also mandatory. Counting And compilation of Form 47 process. However, both these requirements were not met. “There are reports that PTI nominated candidates are suddenly losing in various constituencies, even though they had already won with a clear majority.”
“PTI has certified Form 45, which proves fraud. PTI also has video evidence of rigging. Neither PTI nor the people of Pakistan will accept these massively rigged results. People's mandate “Manipulations will only lead to more chaos and instability.” ,” it added.

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