The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has won the majority of the seats in the important by-elections for 20 Punjab Assembly seats that took place late on Sunday.
The Imran Khan-led party has won 16 seats, according to the unofficial and ambiguous results, and is clearly ahead in five more districts.
According to the unofficial and inconclusive results that have been announced thus far, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which is now in power, has an edge in two other constituencies but has only won one of the four seats in Lahore. In a shocking result, the PTI won three of the four constituencies in Lahore.
In most districts, voting went on until 5 o’clock, and Section 144 was put into effect on Sunday to restore law and order to the province.
The PTI tweeted, “Shukriya Pakistan, the fascist imported government has been rejected,” thanking its followers and voters.
The dominant Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has “admitted [ted] defeat and congratulated” its bitter rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on winning the 20 seats up for grabs in the Punjab Assembly.
In a tweet from her Twitter account, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, who led her party’s by-election campaign, urged the governing party to accept the election results with an open heart.
The will of the people must be respected. She said politics includes both winning and losing.
Additionally, Maryam encouraged reflection, stating that attempts should be made to recognize and address weaknesses. “God willing, all will be well.”
Malik Mohammad Ahmed, a former minister of the Punjab government who quit days before the by-elections to head up the election campaign, conceded the loss and said that the PTI had won by a “landslide” margin in the pivotal by-elections.
He told a TV channel, “We totally accept the opinion of the people.”
Imran Khan said that his party would take home at least 15 seats in the provincial legislature. In a tweet, he continued, “But it is vitally crucial for all our employees on duty to remain in their positions until official results have been acquired from the Returning Officers.”
Despite a few incidents of fighting, voting continued until 5 p.m.which started at 8 a.m.
In several of the 20 seats of the Punjab Assembly where voting took place for these by-elections, there have reportedly been fights and altercations between PML-N and PTI activists.