Independents Dominate Mainstream Political Parties

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ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the country’s history, independent candidates have achieved a significant dominance over the mainstream political parties especially in the National Assembly and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s contests, as per the results issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan Friday.

According to the available results (Form-47) of 231 National Assembly constituencies, independent candidates managed to secure 94 seats; Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) 63; Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) 50; Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) two; Istehqam-e-Pakistan Party (IPPP) two; Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan 14; Grand Democratic Alliance one; Pakistan Muslim League-Zia one, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan (MWMP) one and PML three seats.

Out of 294 Punjab Assembly-seat results, independent candidates bagged 135 seats, PML-N 1329, PPPP 10, Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan one, IPP one, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) seven and PML-Z one.

For the Sindh Assembly, PPPP  secured 83 seats, independent candidates 14, MQM-P 26, GDA two, and Jamaat-e-Islami two, out of the total 127 constituencies’ results announced by the time of filing of this update.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, independent candidates so far clinched 89 provincial assembly seats, PML-N 5, PPPP three, JUI seven, JI three, Awami National Party (ANP) and PTIP one each, out of 105 seats.

In Balochistan, PML-N secured nine seats, PPPP 12, JUI eight, Independent candidates five, JI one, Awami National Party two and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) four, and one each by Balochistan National Party-Awami and National Party (NP), as per the results announced for 43 seats so far.

Polling for the General Election 2024 concluded overall in a peaceful manner on Thursday at 5 pm after commencing simultaneously across the country at 8 am. The nine-hour polling continued without any break to provide maximum time to citizens to exercise their right to vote enshrined in the constitution.

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