The counting has started for the Pakistan general assembly elections 2013 which were held today May 11, 2013. The results are expected to start coming in at around 10:00 p.m. Pakistan time (1700 GMT).
The elections for 342 seats were held to elect the members of the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament and 728 seats in the four provincial assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. See the partwise results list here.
172 is the magic number to win a simple majority. Around 86.19 million people registered to vote today in the elections.
When lates reports came in, Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N party appeared way ahead of its rivals.
According to latest trends, 229 results off the 272 seats are out and PML-N party is leading in 110, Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf is leading in 32 seats, the ruling PPP is pushed to the 3rd spot with just 31 seats while independents lead in 20 and JUI-F in 10. See the Constituencies-wise results here.
Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan won from Peshawar-I by 66,464 votes, while Nawaz Sharif got 19,125 votes, defeating Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Noor Hayat who got just 6,065 votes.
See the live updates here.
This is said to be the most violent and deadly elections in the history of the country as 130 people were killed during the runup of the elections.
Geo TV in Pakistan will cover the election results live in Urdu. Watch live updates from Geo Tv here.
According the the exit polls, two main parties the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) are heading to win equal number of vote share hinting a hung assembly making the next government unstable and too weak to work for the development of the country.
A exit poll conducted by Herald magazine pointed at the PML-N party will emerge as the single largest party but ill fall short of majority.
The Imran Khan led Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) was close behind with the poll pointing an upset for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, whose leader is President Asif Ali Zardari.