Pakistan's incumbent party reject 'rigged' election result as Imran Khan takes lead

Pakistan's incumbent party reject 'rigged' election result as Imran Khan takes lead

An election official marks a voter's thumb before casting her vote during Pakistan's general election at a polling station in Islamabad on July 25, 2018.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in the western city of Quetta, where security sources said the bomber drove his motorcycle into a police vehicle.

A hospital spokesman said 29 people were killed and 35 others wounded in the attack that a Reuters witness said occurred near a voting centre in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. Many polling stations consisted of small, dark, humid rooms, in some cases not even equipped with fans.

The opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Kahn is looking to unseat the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was formally led by the now imprisoned ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Results will start trickling in within hours, and the likely victor should be known by around 2:00am on Thursday.

"Now the army, the intelligence agencies and the judiciary are taking sides", said PML-N voter Tariq Ateeq Sheikh, 50, a property dealer in Lahore's Walton neighbourhood.

Amid the ongoing elections in Pakistan, a blast has been reported in Quetta's Eastern Bypass.

The results of the 56 of the 370 polling stations show that Imran Khan is leading in the constituency with 29,228 votes while PML-N's Obaidullah is trailing behind with 6,008 votes.

At the request of the election commission, Pakistan's military deployed 350,000 troops countrywide at polling stations.

Pakistan's election commission reminded candidates their election will be nullified if the female voter turnout does not reach 10 per cent.

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Ahead of Wednesday's balloting, over 170 people - including three candidates running in the elections - were killed in suicide bombings in southwestern Baluchistan and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

The election will be only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan's 71-year history.

The military rejected the accusations and said it has no "direct role" in the electoral process.

Another American newspaper, Huffington Post says chances of Imran khan's premiership increased after former PM was jailed in absentia.

The campaign has been surrounded by concerns the military had been meddling in the election to favour Mr Khan. Violent Sunni militant groups that vow to rid Pakistan of its minority Shiites are seeking election, and candidates from both the PTI and PML-N have been seen courting them.

The ballots will be cast for 272 general seats of the lower house - also known as the National Assembly - and 577 general seats of the country's four provincial assemblies.

He is the brother of former Nawaz Sharif who was ousted over corruption allegations and is now serving a 10-year jail term.

A further 70 seats for women and minorities are awarded proportionally based on the voting percentages.

Independent candidate Jibran Nasir said that Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan supporters attacked a facilitation camp he had set up in Chandio Village in Karachi.

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