ECP installs result management system for 2018 polls

Charlene Craig
July 24, 2018

The run-up to general elections 2018 in Pakistan has been marked by controversies, violence and accusations by leading politicians of not being given a level playing field for their respective parties during the election campaign.

The run up to the July 25 polls have seen allegations that the powerful military is secretly backing Khan's campaign and targeting his political opponents.

The PML-N President defended his elder brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying he came back to Pakistan leaving his ailing wife in London.

PMLN candidates claim they have been ordered to defect from the party amid a systematic campaign of intimidation by agents of Pakistan's "deep state".

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Several PML-N candidates also say they have been coerced to switch to the PTI, and almost 17,000 party members are facing criminal cases over breaking unspecified election rules. In its 71 years of existence, Pakistan has voted only for 9 times and the country's history has been marred by the military rule that counts for more than 30 years out of the 71. Some 3,459 candidates, representing more than 100 political parties, are competing for 272 seats in the national assembly.

Whoever wins the election will need to seek an alliance with Bhutto's party or possibly a collection of independents.

Another 70, reserved for women and minorities, are distributed between parties that win at least 5% of the vote.

Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz, who was also found guilty, returned to face their prison sentences.

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"Even in this prison". He also gave telephonic lectures in Sheikhpura over importance of vote. This election is significant because it will mark only the second time that one civilian government has handed power to another after serving a full term.

"It's two planks", Sayed said of the PML-N's appeal to voters.

A day before the polls, voters were largely split in Lahore, the capital of Punjab - Pakistan's most populous province and long a PML-N stronghold that is being fiercely challenged by Khan's PTI.

Sharif, 68, was removed by presidential decree in 1993, in a military coup in 1999, and previous year by the Supreme Court, which ordered his corruption trial.

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The PTI chief, however, has deliberately ignored the Indian media during his campaign rallies, not to mention how he slammed the global media for raising reservations over the credibility of the upcoming general elections.

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