Imran Khan-backed independents in lead as vote depend concludes in Pakistan’s polls | EUROtoday

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Vote counting in Pakistan’s common elections have formally concluded with Independent candidates, most of them backed by jailed former prime minister Imran Khan securing greater than 100 of the 264 seats, in accordance with the Election Commission.

The unbiased candidates, most of whom are linked to Mr Khan, received 101 seats, adopted by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s social gathering successful 75 seats which has change into the only largest social gathering in parliament.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has received 53 seats as vote counting concluded, the election fee’s web site famous.

Three of the newly elected independents have introduced their determination to hitch Mr Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) social gathering, in accordance with the Express Tribune.

A celebration wants no less than 133 seats for a easy majority.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Khan known as on supporters to peacefully protest the delay in saying the ballot outcomes.

Pakistan’s election fee launched the tally greater than 60 hours after voting concluded in Thursday’s nationwide elections.

It stays to be seen which social gathering varieties the federal government.

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Both Mr Khan and Mr Sharif have claimed victory when vote counting was nonetheless underway on Saturday, resulting in a number of world leaders elevating considerations about Pakistan’s electoral course of.

The US Department of State, the British international ministry, and the EU individually raised considerations and urged a probe into the reported irregularities within the election.

With Mr Khan jailed forward of the election, the EU noticed in an announcement that there was a “lack of a level playing field” attributable to “the inability of some political actors to contest the elections”.

In an audio-visual message created utilizing synthetic intelligence, the jailed former prime minister known as on his supporters to have a good time a win that was achieved regardless of what he calls a crackdown on his social gathering.

In a untimely victory speech, Mr Sharif additionally claimed to have received the election on Saturday.

With the candidates backed by Mr Khan competing with out a social gathering, a detailed aide of the previous cricketer-turned-politician informed Reuters {that a} new banner could be introduced underneath which the independents could be a part of.

“And we have no fear of independents going anywhere because these are the people who have struggled for the last 18 months and endured all kinds of torture and oppression,” Zulfi Bukhari mentioned on Saturday.

Mr Sharif can be forming a coalition with PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – the son of assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, in accordance with Geo TV.

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