Who Will Become Pakistan PM: Voting for general elections took place in Pakistan on Thursday (8 February). Votes were cast from around 5 pm and after that the counting of votes started. ABP News correspondent, who reached NA 130 constituency in Lahore, informed from there that around 12 to 1 am in the night, it will be known which party has secured more seats.
Who is in the electoral fray against Nawaz Sharif?
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is contesting from NA 130 seat. It is believed that he has support from the army. He is in the fray with hopes of a record fourth term. Nawaz Sharif’s nearest rival is Dr. Yasmin Rashid Nawaz. Rashid is still in jail.
Whose chances of winning?
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan is also in the race for the post of Prime Minister. However, due to Imran Khan being in jail, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) can emerge as the largest party in the elections.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates are contesting the elections as independents after the Supreme Court upheld the Election Commission’s decision to strip his party of its election symbol cricket ‘bat’. Imran Khan In one of his recorded messages, he had appealed to the public to vote enthusiastically.
In Pakistan, Pakistan Peoples Party President Bilawal Bhutto Zardari became the Foreign Minister in 2022. He is also hoping to become Prime Minister. To have a majority in the total 265-member National Assembly of Pakistan, it is necessary to win 133 seats.
terrorist attacks during elections
Terrorist attacks took place in Pakistan on the eve of voting and on the day of voting. Several people were killed and dozens injured in twin terror attacks in Pishin and Qila Saifullah in Balochistan province on Wednesday and terror attacks took place in Dera Ismail Khan district and Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during voting on Thursday, in which at least five Policemen were killed and six others were injured.
Mobile-internet service remained closed
After the double attack on Wednesday, the Interior Minister said that mobile services and internet services were shut down in Pakistan.
On behalf of Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, it was said that he will not issue any instructions to the Interior Minister for internet service because he will not be responsible if any irregularity occurs during this period.
allegations of rigging
According to news agency PTI, the opposition in Pakistan has made allegations of rigging in the elections. Some politicians said that shutting down mobile networks on the day of voting has created suspicion. At the same time, ABP News correspondent quoted experts as saying that if the voting percentage remains high in Pakistan’s elections, then the chances of rigging will be eliminated.
How many candidates are in the fray?
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, 5,121 candidates are in the fray for the National Assembly and 12,695 candidates for the four provincial assemblies.
How was the atmosphere during voting?
According to news agency PTI, low number of voters was seen in most of the constituencies since the start of voting, although the situation showed improvement with the passage of time. At several places, some voters were seen waiting outside the polling stations, where the doors of the polling stations were not open as polling staff were not on duty.
Employees at many polling stations also complained of shortage of ballot papers and incorrect documents, which caused significant delays in the voting process. People remained absent from polling stations in some parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to cold weather and rain.
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