Islamabad, July 28: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Imran Khan is all set for coalition talks after the Election Commission of Pakistan announced the full numbers in the general elections 2018. While Khan bagged a total of 16.86 million votes, former PM Nawaz Sharif’s party managed with 12.89 million votes.
With 116 seats, the PTI fell short of some seats to cross the magic mark in the 272 seats national Assembly, it is widely speculated that PPP may emerge as the kingmaker.
Earlier on Friday, a multi-party conference (MPC) and Pakistan Peoples Party rejected the just-concluded Pakistan election results, demanding a transparent and free and fair re-election. MPC called to devise a joint strategy over alleged rigging in the 2018 general elections of Pakistan, demanded a “transparent” re-election and said the polls were “rigged massively” and the results were manipulated.
“The APC (all parties conference) has completely rejected the July 25 elections with consensus,” announced Rehman while addressing the media after the conference concluded. “We do not consider this election to be the mandate of the public.”
A European Union team of election observers had also said that Pakistan Elections 2018 were overshadowed by the “restrictions” on freedom of expression and unequal opportunity for the campaign to the candidates.
“The European Union Election Observation Mission to Pakistan has concluded that positive changes to the legal framework were overshadowed by restrictions on freedom of expression and an unequal opportunity to campaign,” it said. It alleged that even though the polling was transparent, counting of the votes was problematic as the staff was not following procedures.
“Candidates with large political appeal and financial means, the so-called ‘electables’ were reported to often dominate the campaign Uneven rules on campaign spending further undermined candidates’ equal opportunity,” it said.
Even as various parties have been calling for a re-election, it is yet to see that if it doesn’t happen, who will Imran Khan approach for the coalition.
With IANS inputs