ISLAMABAD - A delay has been reported in the transmission of election results due to the breaking down of the ECP's Results Transmission System (RTS), which is being run through a software powered by National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).
The ECP spokesperson said that the system has been overwhelmed due to a large number of polling officers using at the same time to log Form 45.
According to *AFP*, Gallup Pakistan estimated voter turnout at between 50 to 55 per cent in an electorate of nearly 106 million — similar to the previous contest in 2013.
According to data released by ECP, a total of 3,459 candidates — 1,623 from Punjab, 824 from Sindh, 725 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 287 from Balochistan — were cleared to run for the 272 general seats of the national assembly. However, elections in two constituencies — NA-60, NA-108 — were later postponed by the commission. [image: A woman walks out of a polling station holding flag after casting her ballot in Rawalpindi. —AFP]
A single party will need to bag at least 137 of the directly elected seats to be able to form the government on its own.
In the event that a party is unable to secure a “simple majority”, there is a hung parliament. This is when no single party can make government, leaving room for the formation of a coalition government of winning candidates from various political parties.