Supporters of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party have protested in several parts of the country as vote counting continues a day after the election.
Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party blocked roads and held street demonstrations on Friday in protest against the Pakistan Election Commission’s delay in announcing the results of Thursday’s parliamentary elections.
Independent candidates backed by the PTI and Khan – who is currently imprisoned – were leading in the results of the early national elections, in a vote marked by sporadic violence, accusations of a predetermined result and the suspension of mobile phone services.
Of the 156 National Assembly results announced by the country’s election watchdog after a hours-long delay, PTI-backed candidates won 59 seats.
Three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) party had 46 seats, while Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had 39.
Final results were expected Friday night.
But discrepancies with early results in some districts have caused concern and confusion.
“We voted even though it turned out to be a selection like last time,” Asif Qureshi, a 55-year-old voter, told Al Jazeera.
“We are in a digital age and yet we do not know the results almost 24 hours after the polls. His excuse is that the internet was down, but they were the ones who suspended it.
“We went to sleep thinking that the PTI candidates were in charge. Now they tell us no. Why spend so much money? Then just name the ones you have selected to be the winners.”