General election results: The political parties have initiated negotiations with each other to explore the possibilities of establishing the upcoming government in the nation following the reception of results from the majority of constituencies in the 2024 general election for the National Assembly.
Political Parties in Talks After General Election Results
As the results trickled in over two days following the polls, independent candidates supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the frontrunners with 93 National Assembly (NA) seats. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) secured 78 seats, and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) clinched 54 seats.
Confident in its ability to secure a majority, PTI dismissed the possibility of forming an alliance with either PML-N or PPP. However, reports suggest that alliances are taking shape, particularly in the Centre and Punjab, where the remaining parties consider forming a coalition government.
Political Parties in Discussion:
Currently, everyone is eagerly awaiting the results of the ongoing meetings between political parties. PML-N leaders are engaging in talks with both PPP and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leaderships in separate gatherings.
Historic General Elections in Pakistan:
On February 8, Pakistan experienced its largest general elections to date. Despite suspending mobile phone and internet service, many citizens exercised their voting rights nationwide. These elections covered 855 constituencies for both national and provincial assemblies.
The 2024 elections surpassed the previous ones held in 2018 in several aspects:
- A record budget of Rs48 billion was allocated.
- The number of voters exceeded 50% of the population, marking a substantial increase.
- There was an unprecedented ratio of independent candidates.
- Nearly 18,000 candidates participated.
- A substantial amount of paper was required to print 260 million ballots.
Over 1.4 million polling staff members fulfilled their duties across 90,675 polling stations, with 16,766 stations classified as extremely sensitive. To encourage voter participation, February 8 was declared a public holiday.
Election Day Events in Pakistan
Despite some delays in certain areas, polling began promptly at 8 am across the country and continued until 5 pm. Pakistan, the world’s fifth-largest democracy, witnessed this significant event.
Peaceful Process Despite Challenges:
The polling process remained largely peaceful despite cellular service suspensions due to security concerns. However, a tragic terror attack in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, resulted in the loss of four police officers.
Delayed Results Spark Controversy:
Although the election results were anticipated to be finalized a few hours after midnight, the unofficial results remained incomplete two days after the ballots were cast, leading to controversy.
Focus on PTI’s Next Steps:
Amid the uncertainty surrounding the election results, all attention is on the PTI-affiliated candidates as the public awaits the party’s decision on their future actions.
Current Seat Standings:
As of now, PTI-backed candidates are leading with the most seats, followed by PML-N (78), PPP (54), and MQM-P (17).
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