Delayed Pakistani Election Results Amid Internet Shutdown and Allegations of Vote Rigging



In the aftermath of the polls in Pakistan, significant delays in election results have raised concerns and discussions about the integrity of the electoral process. The Election Commission of Pakistan attributes the slow vote counting to the shutdown of internet and phone services during the election, citing security reasons. This explanation, however, has faced criticism from journalists and human rights groups. Additionally, the unexpected lead of PTI-backed independent candidates in the election results has surprised many, despite the perceived crackdown on their party by authorities. This development, alongside allegations of vote rigging, has cast a shadow over the credibility of the election.

  • The Election Commission of Pakistan reports that the delay in election results is primarily due to the shutdown of internet and phone services for security reasons.
  • Journalists and human rights organizations have criticized the shutdown, questioning its impact on the election process.
  • Despite facing a crackdown and the jailing of key members, PTI-backed independent candidates are leading in a surprising turn of events.
  • There were expectations that the military establishment favored PMLN’s leader, Nawaz Sharif, making the success of PTI-backed candidates unexpected.
  • Allegations of vote rigging and the sidelining of one political party, particularly PTI, have been reported, raising concerns over the election’s credibility.
  • The preliminary results favor PTI-backed independent candidates, though it’s considered too early to definitively comment on election rigging.
  • So far, results for 107 out of 266 parliamentary seats have been announced, indicating a significant delay in the overall electoral process.

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