Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Imran Khan's party leading on 73 seats; PML-N on 49

Imran Khan's party leading on 73 seats; PML-N on 49

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack via its official news agency. Quetta is capital of the restive province of Balochistan, where 149 people were killed by Islamic State at the start of the election campaign in...

Rights groups have warned that a rancorous election campaign and widespread allegations of manipulation imperil the wobbly transition to democratic rule and raise the spectre of bitter challenges of fraud after the election.

In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district, supporters of two rival parties exchanged fire outside a polling station, killing a worker of former cricketer Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and injuring two others, police said.

According to the latest opinion polls, neither Khan nor his main are likely to win a clear majority.

The commission issued its reminder Tuesday after veteran rights activist Tahira Abdullah said local jirgas, or councils, of elders from 60 areas of the country, representing 16 different constituencies, had signed agreements banning women from voting.

Pakistan's election commission reminded candidates their elections will be nullified if the female voter turnout does not reach 10 percent.

At least 30 people were killed, including a child, and over 30 people were wounded when the suicide bomber detonated outside a crowded polling station in Quetta.

The European Union's election observation mission in Pakistan sharply condemned the suicide blast in Quetta in a statement.

According to a survey conducted by earlier in the week, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been touted as the front-runner in the forthcoming elections. After the results, 27 winning independent candidates joined Sharif's party to give it a majority.

The attack came as tens of millions of Pakistanis were expected to vote today in an election that could have repercussions for the entire region.

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Sharif's PML-N has been touting its delivery of mega infrastructure projects, especially roads and power stations that helped hugely reduce electricity blackouts, as proof the country is on the path to prosperity.

"We are free from the terror we have lived under for the last 35 years", said Muhammad Anwar.

Results will start trickling in within hours, and the likely victor should be known by around 2:00am on Thursday.

More than 30 political parties and 12,570 candidates are in the running to sway close to 106-million registered voters who will elect both the national and four provincial assemblies.

Soldiers at a polling station in Rawalpindi.

The army, considered the country's strongest institution, has ruled Pakistan for roughly half its almost 71-year history, and is widely believed to control foreign and defence policy.

File images of Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Bilawal Bhutto.

PML-N's campaign was reinvigorated by the return to Pakistan of Nawaz Sharif, 68, who was earlier this month convicted and sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison over the purchase of upscale London apartments using offshore companies in the mid-1990s.

Sixty seats are reserved for women and ten for minorities which are decided on a basis of five-percent proportional representation.

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