ISLAMABAD - 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.
Meanwhile, PTI is clearly steering ahead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with 62 seats against ANP, which currently has 10 seats, as per reporting from nearly one third polling stations in the province.
Counting is still going on at the polling stations of different constituencies.
44% counting has been done on NA-79 (Gujranwala-I), with PML-N's candidate Nisar Ahmed Cheema in the lead with 618 votes, according to *PTV News'* unofficial preliminary results. PTI's Muhammad Ahmed Chattha is the runner-up with 587 votes.
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.
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.