ISLAMABAD: Pakistan voted on Wednesday for the country’s second consecutive democratic transfer of power.
Polling began at 8AM across the country's 85,307 polling stations and continued until 6PM despite calls by several major parties, including PML-N, PPP and PTI, to extend the polling time by an hour.
The parties had complained of “a slow voting process” and thus sought more time to facilitate voters — a request that was dismissed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The election campaign was marred by violence with three candidates killed in targetted attacks and culminated with a suicide blast outside a polling station in Quetta which claimed at least 29 lives.
However, undeterred, several of Pakistan’s nearly 106 million registered voters stepped out to cast their ballot, including women in areas where they previously stood disenfranchised due to various issues.
Doors of polling stations were closed as the clock struck 6PM. However, voters present inside were allowed to cast their votes.
As many as 12,570 candidates contested for a total of 849 seats of national and provincial assemblies in the country's 11th General Election.
Counting then begun at the polling stations where the process was completed. Geo News started transmitting results from 7PM onwards as per the ECP's code of conduct.
Preliminary, unofficial results showed the PTI, headed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan , leading the National Assembly tally. As party workers from across the country celebrated the results, the PML-N flatly rejected the ongoing outcome, citing "outright rigging" and accusing officials of preventing its representatives from overseeing the count.
The ECP denied the claims, saying a new electronic results system suffered unexpected glitches. Despite the technical issues, "these elections were 100 per cent fair and transparent", said Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza earlier today, in his first comments after polls closed.
Preliminary, Unofficial Results
Unofficial and unconfirmed results from different constituencies started pouring in as the clock struck 7:00 PM on July 25, an hour after the polling process came to an end across the country.
Real-time preliminary results
NA-98: PTI’s Mohammad Afzal Khan wins NA-98 Bhakkar 2 with 136,238 votes whereas Indpendent candidate Rasheed Akbar Khan at second place with 132,445 votes.
NA-42: PTI’s Sajid Khan wins NA-42 Mohmand Agency Tribal Area 3 with 22,770 votes whereas Bilal Rehman, an independent candidate, is at second place with 21,076 votes.
NA-36: MMA’s Mohammad Anwar Khan wins NA-36 Lakki Marwat with 43,926 votes against PTI’s Ashfaq Ahmed Khan, who received 34,153 votes.
NA-77: PML-N's Mehnaz Aziz wins NA-77 Narowal 1 with 111,216 votes whereas Independent candidate Mian Tariq Anis is runner-up with 61,918 votes.
NA-161: PTI’s Mian Muhammad Shafiq wins NA-161 Lodhran 2 with 121,638 votes. PML-N's Mohammad Siddique Baloch received 116,093 votes at stands at second place.
NA-100: PML-N's Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh wins NA-100 Chiniot 2 with 76,149 votes. PTI's Zulfiqar Ali Shah runner-up with 75,827 votes.
NA-157: PTI’s Zain Qureshi wins NA-157 Multan 4 with 77,371 votes while PPP’s Syed Ali Musa Gilani at second place with 70,830 votes.
NA-118: PTI’s Ijaz Ahmad Shah wins NA-118 Nankana Sahib 2 with 63,987 votes while PML-N’s Shazrah Munsab Ali on second place with 60,764.
NA-6: PTI’s Mehboob Shah wins Lower Dir 1 with 54,723 votes while MMA's Maulana Asadullah stands at second with 31,404 votes.
NA-151: PML-N’s Mohammad Khan Daha wins Khanewal 2 with 111,198 votes. PTI’s Ahmad Yar Hiraj on second place with 109,520 votes.
NA-81: PML-N's Khurram Dastgir-Khan wins NA-81 Gujranwala 3 with 130,837 votes. PTI's Chaudhry Mohammad Siddique runner-up with 88,166 with votes.
NA -53: PTI Chairman Imran Khan wins Islamabad 2 with 92,891 votes while former PM and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi runner-up with 44,314 votes.
PK-61: PTI’s Pervez Khattak wins PK-61 Nowshera 1 with 20,647 votes. ANP’s Pervez Ahmed Khan runner-up with 16,054 votes.
NA-30: PTI's Sher Ali Arbab wins Peshawar 4 with 73,781 votes as MMA's Arbab Najeebullah Khan stands second with 18,111 votes.
NA-66: PTI’s Chaudhry Farrukh Altaf wins Jhelum 1 with 112,356 votes. PML-N’s Chaudhry Nadeem Khadim second with 92,912 votes.
NA-63: PTI's Ghulam Sarwar Khan wins Rawalpindi 7 (Taxila) with 64,301 votes as former PML-N leader and independent candidate Chaudhry Nisar stands at second place with 48,497 votes.
NA-153: PML-N's Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir wins Khanewal 4 with 106,291 votes. PTI's Malik Ghulam Murtaza Maitla comes second with 76,920 votes.
NA-120: PML-N’s Rana Tanvir Hussain wins Sheikhupura 2 with 99,674 votes. PTI's Ali Asghar Chaudhry is the runner-up with 74, 165 votes.
NA-224: PPP's Zulfiqar Bachani emerged victorious in NA-224 Tando Allahyar election after he attained 80,230 votes. GDA's Mohammad Mohsin stood runner-up with 51,536 votes.
NA-52: PTI's Khurram Shehzad Nawaz won election in NA-52 Islamabad-1 by bagging 64,690 votes. He was trailed by PML-N candidate Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, who secured 34,072 votes.
NA-124: PML-N's Hamza Shehbaz won election in NA-124 Lahore-2 by bagging 139,443 votes. He was followed by PTI candidate Nauman Qaisar, who secured 69,251 votes.
NA-119: PTI's Rahat Amanullah won NA-119 Sheikhupura-1 polls securing 126,025 votes. He was trailed by PML-N's Rana Afzaal Hussain, who attained 103,572 votes.
NA-171: PML-N's Riaz Hussain Pirzada won election in NA-171 Bahawalpur-2 with 59,500 votes. He was followed by PTI's Naeemuddin Waraich, who secured 53,109 votes.
NA-150: Independent candidate Syed Fakhar Imam won polls in NA-150 Khanewal-1 by securing 82,595 votes. PTI's Mohammad Raza Hayat Hiraj stood runner-up with 71,034 votes.
NA-194: PTI's Nasrullah Dareshak won NA-194 Rajanpur-2 election by securing 75,209 votes. Dareshak was followed by independent Hafeezur Rehman Khan Dareshak, who attained 60,311 votes.
NA-71: PTI's Mohammad Ilyas Chaudhry has won the polls in NA-71 Gujrat-4 bagging 87,181 votes. PML-N's Chaudhry Abid Raza Kotla stood runner-up with 79,946 votes.
NA-190: PTI's Zulfikar Ali Khosa has emerged victorious in NA-190 Dera Ghazi Khan-2 polls by securing 62,936 votes. Khosa was followed by independent candidate Amjad Farooq Khosa, who bagged 56,310.
NA-12: PTI's Nawaz Khan has won the election in NA-12 Battagram by bagging 21,200 votes. Khan was followed by MMA's Mohammad Yousuf, who attained 16,789 votes.
NA-137: PML-N's Saad Wasim Akhtar won the polls in NA-137 Kasur-1 by securing 38,077 votes. Akhtar was followed by PTI candidate Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali, who could only secure 11,359 votes.
NA-17: PTI's Umer Ayub Khan won election in NA-17 Haripur after he attained 166,786 votes. PML-N's Babar Nawaz Khan stood runner-up in the polls with 149,292 votes.
NA-16: PTI's Ali Khan Jadoon has emerged victorious from NA-16 Abbottabad-2 by securing 91,770 votes. Jadoon was followed by PML-N candidate Malik Mohammad Awan, who bagged 57,995 votes.
NA-155: PTI's Amir Dogar has won the election in NA-155 Multan-2 by attaining 88,567 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling stations suggested. PML-N candidate Sheikh Mohammad Tariq Rasheed stood runner-up with 71,457 votes.
NA-5: PTI's Sahibzada Sibghatullah wins NA-5 Upper Dir polls by bagging 49,299 votes, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling stations. PPP's Najmuddin Khan stood runner-up with 28,736 votes.
NA-193: PTI's Jaffer Khan Leghari has won the polls in NA-193 Rajanpur-1 with 87,915 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling stations suggested. Leghari was followed by PML-N's Sardar Sher Ali Khan Gurchani, who could secure 55,409 votes.
NA-156: PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi wins polls in NA-156 Multan-3 by securing 93,500 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all polling station suggest. PML-N's Amir Saeed Ansari stood runner-up with 74,624 votes to his credit.
NA-131: PTI chairman Imran Khan leads the polls in NA-131 Lahore with 8,033 votes. Khan is trailed by PML-N heavyweight Khawaja Saad Rafique, who has so far attained 7,644 votes.
NA-54: PTI’s Asad Umar leads with 26,443 in NA-54 Islamabad-3, while PML-N’s Anjum Aqeel Khan follows behind with 11,188 votes.
NA-124: PML-N's Hamza Shehbaz leads NA-124 Lahore-2 polls with 14,336 votes. The son of former Punjab CM is followed by PTI's Nauman Qaisar, who has so far bagged 8,277 votes.
NA-95: PTI chairman Imran Khan leads polls in NA-95 Mianwali with 29,228 votes, followed by PML-N's Obaidullah Shadikhel, who has so far bagged 6,008 votes.
NA-228: PPP's Naveed Qamar leads NA-228 Tando Mohammad Khan polls with 15,850 votes, trailed by GDA's Mir Ali Nawaz Talpur, who has so far attained 6,190.
NA-4: PTI's Murad Saeed leads the polls in NA-4 Swat-3 with 434 votes. Saeed is followed by ANP's Salim Khan, who has so far secured 198 votes.
NA-110: PTI's Raja Riaz leads NA-110 Faisalabad-10 polls with 6,984 votes. Riaz is trailed by PML-N's Mohammad Afzal Khan, who has so far attained 6,124 votes.
NA-15: PML-N's Murtaza Javed Abbasi leads the polls in NA-15 Abbottabad with 14,855 votes. Abbasi is followed by PTI's Ali Asghar Khan, who has so far bagged 12,500 votes.
NA-78: PML-N's Ahsan Iqbal leads the polls in NA-78 Narowal-2 with 30,998 votes. Iqbal is followed by Abrarul Haq, who has so far secured 13,755 votes.
NA-158: PPP's Yousuf Raza Gilani leads the polls in NA-158 Multan-5 with 5,200 votes. Gilani is trailed by PTI's Mohammad Ibrahim, who has so far attained 3,996 votes.
NA-114: Independent candidate Ali Shah Iftikhar leads NA-114 Jhang-1 polls with 4,695 votes, followed by PPP's Faisal Saleh Hayat, who has so far bagged 3,038 votes.
NA-244: PTI’s Ali Zaidi leads with 280 votes in NA-244 Karachi, while PML-N’s Miftah Ismail trails behind with 116 votes.
NA-213: PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari leads with 2,022 votes in NA-213 Sujawal, while GDA candidate Sardar Sher Rind follows with 1,043 votes.
NA-189: PTI’S Sheraz Mahmood leads with 4,830 votes in NA-189 DG Khan polls. Independent candidate Mir Badshah is second in the race so far, with 2,476 votes.
NA-35: MMA candidate Akram Khan Durrani leads polls in NA-35 Bannu with 3,836 votes, while PTI chairman Imran Khan follows by 3,285 votes.
NA-246: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto leads with 1,155 votes in NA-246 Karachi, he is followed by PTI candidate Shakoor Shad with 765 votes.
NA-67: PML-N's Raja Matloob Mehdi leads the polls in NA-67 Jhelum-2 with 1056 votes. Mehdi is followed by Fawad Chaudhry, who has so far attained 457 votes.
NA-200: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari leads NA-200 Larkana polls with 420 votes. Bilawal is followed by MMA's Rashid Soomro, who has so far managed to gain 128 votes.
NA-248: PPP's Abdul Qadir Patel leads polls in NA-248 Karachi West with 61 votes, followed by PTI's Sardar Aziz, who has so far secured 50 votes.
NA-125: PML-N's Waheed Alam leads the polls in NA-125 Lahore with 2313 votes. Alam is followed by PTI's Yasmin Rashid who has so far bagged 673 votes.
NA-128: PML-N's Rohail Asghar leads in NA-128 election with 88 votes, followed by PTI's Aijaz Ahmed with 41 votes.
NA-115: PTI's Ghulam Bibi Bhirwana leads NA-115 Jhang-2 polls with 71 votes. Bhirwana is followed by independent candidate Mohammad Ahmed, who has so far secured 50 votes.
NA-96: PTI's Amjad Ali Khan leads the polls in NA-96 Mianwali with 1177 votes, followed by PML-N's Mohammad Humair Hayat Khan, who has so far bagged 342 votes.
NA-206: PPP's Khursheed Shah leads with 627 votes NA-206 SUKKUR-1, followed by PTI's Tahir Hussain with 40 votes.
NA-208: PPP's Nafisa Shah leads with 438 votes in NA-208 Khairpur-1. GDA's Ghaus Ali Shah follows Shah with 67 votes.