akistan’s general election day is being marked with violence that is shaking the country to its core, leaving 31 dead.
Amid the election violence, the votes are still being counted, but according to unofficial results the world renown former Cricket player Imran Khan’s party (PTI) is in the lead by a fair margin.
In an interesting twist the former Prime Minister from the opposition, Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) is refusing to accept the results.
According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the voting process was laced with glaring attempts at voter discrimination and manipulation. The HRCP received information throughout the day stating that, “in many areas, women were not allowed to vote” and in other situations where women were asked, “Whom they intended to vote for.”
When asked about the delay in releasing election results, the secretary of the Electoral Commission Baber Yaqoob firmly stated that the delays are being caused by technical and mechanical blunders and denied speculations of election conspiracy.
Even though unofficial results shows a PTI Party’s lead in 109 seats, PML-N is ahead in 67 seats. The estimated turnout was about 50-55%, out of 106 registered voters and only 34% of voting stations have been counted.