With the announcement of the results of the general elections that were held on Thursday, Pakistan is experiencing a dramatic and stressful political situation. The largest bloc in the National Assembly, with 73 seats, is made up of independents supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the party founded by former cricketer Imran Khan. The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) has 48 seats, while the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has 35 seats. These results are provisional and unofficial.
Although some technological issues and delays in the results transmission were acknowledged, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has denied any collusion or manipulation. According to its statements, the ECP would resolve all of the candidates’ and parties’ grievances and work to maintain election fairness and openness. According to the ECP, the announcement of the final results is anticipated to occur shortly, following which the establishment of a new government will get underway.
There have been violent incidents, claims of pre-poll rigging, media restriction, and a constitutional crisis during Pakistan’s general elections. Since the elections would affect the nation’s relationships with its neighbours, particularly India and Afghanistan, as well as its standing in the region and the world, the international community has also been keenly following the polls.