Impressive turnout: Seventy-two National Assembly members-elect bag 20% of total votes

Published: May 18, 2013

Abdul Waseem

Sumera Malik Abdul Waseem
ISLAMABAD: 

Seventy-two candidates for the National Assembly bagged around 10 million votes or 20 per cent of approximately 50 million votes cast in the May 11 elections that witnessed an impressive turnout.

These candidates were declared victorious when each of them secured more than a hundred thousand votes, according to unofficial results announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Around 50 million of over 86 million registered votes were cast on the election day.

Forty-seven candidates of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz secured over one hundred thousand votes each in the elections, making the party reach the leading position in terms of overall votes received.

Eleven of total 18 successful candidates of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) secured over 1.8 million votes collectively.

Nine candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians secured over 100,000 votes each, three candidates of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and two independent candidates bagged over a hundred thousand votes each in these polls.

Not a single candidate from Awami National Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Q, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, Pakistan Muslim League-Zia, Pakistan Peoples Party-Shaheed Bhutto Group, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl and Jamaat-e-Islami could secure over a 100,000 votes.

Interestingly, three women candidates, by surmounting all odds, bagged over one hundred thousand votes each.   A successful candidate from Punjab, Sumera Malik of PML-N, secured 118, 108 votes from NA-69 Khushab, while the two winning candidates from Sindh, Fehmida Mirza of PPPP secured 110,684 from NA-225 Badin and Azra Afzal Pechuho bagged 111,667 votes from NA-213 Nawabshah.

Political observers term it a good omen and give credit to impressive turnout in this general election.

In the 2002 general elections, only ten candidates had collectively bagged over one million votes, with each gaining over 100,000 votes, as the turnout was 35 to 40 per cent.

Among the candidates who gained most votes, MQM candidate Abdul Waseem leads by securing 192,678 votes in NA-243. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s candidate Pir Amin ul Hasnat Shah stands second with 156,709 votes in NA-64, Sargodha.

Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan comes at third position as he secured 147,916 votes on ticket of MQM in NA-256, Karachi, while Dr Khalid Maqbool of MQM secured 141,030 from NA-219, Karachi.

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif gained 140,546 votes from NA-68, Sargodha; Nabeel Ahmed Gabol of MQM secured 139,386 votes from NA-246, Karachi while Chaudry Armaghan Subhani of PML-N grabbed 136,991 from NA-111. Syed Waseem Hussain of MQM secured 135,886 votes from NA-220, Hyderabad while Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of PML-N secured 133,906 votes from NA-50, Rawalpindi.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of PML-N secured 132,905 from NA-52, Rawalpindi and Chaudhry Hamid Hameed of PML-N gained 132,668 votes from NA-66, Sargodha.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan secured 132,283 from NA-71, Mianwali while Nasir Iqbal Bosal of PML-N secured 133,128 votes from NA-109, Mandi Bahauddin. Raja Javed Ikhlas of PML-N who defeated former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in NA-51, Rawalpindi grabbed 121,067 votes while Sardar Yousaf of PML-N collected over a hundred thousand votes in NA-20, Mansehra by defeating PTI leader Azam Khan Swati.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan of PTI defeated PML-N senior leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan by bagging over one hundred thousand votes in NA-53. Two independent candidates Afzal Khan Dhandla from NA-74 Bhakkar and Jamshid Ahmed Dasti from NA-177, Muzaffargarh secured over a hundred thousand votes as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Mehar
    May 18, 2013 - 8:57AM

    Mr. Gishkori, how the results are unofficial when these are announced by ECP, as your into says? Hilarious

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  • Aysha
    May 18, 2013 - 9:02AM

    Eleven of total 18 successful candidates of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) secured over 1.8 million votes collectively.

    This is a success of the party philosophy and people’s rejection of those parties which are still in the grips of landlords, waderas and industrialists.

    Only the educated masses of Karachi could demonstrate such political maturity. we dont even know the candidates, their pictures are never put up all over the city. It is the ideology of the party which gains mass support, individuals in this party dont matter

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  • anybodyagree
    May 18, 2013 - 9:28AM

    Impresive turnout or votes polled by ghost……???Recommend

  • Thappa Mafia
    May 18, 2013 - 9:33AM

    Good to see our hard work paid off.

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  • Bewildered
    May 18, 2013 - 10:58AM

    @Aysha:

    “This is a success of the party philosophy”

    And established a world record of having 350 votes per minute cast in favor of MQM candidate. Looks more like some “machines” were stamping the ballot paper.

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  • Aysha
    May 18, 2013 - 11:52AM

    @Bewildered:
    Please if you check with Mudassir Rizvi of the Fair and Free election is 350% voting was done in Punjab not in Karachi. In Punjab and in 1 constituency 1 polling station, which ever party did that, it could boost the result but could not have a candidate winning

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  • Effendi
    May 18, 2013 - 11:53AM

    @Bewildered:
    Don’t Jalous @ MQM success.

    There were 180 polling stations at NA 250 alone. There could have been 350 polling stations, the place you are talking about, with a vote being cast per min in each of them. So please, chill..

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  • Skeptic
    May 18, 2013 - 12:00PM

    Whats so special in it !!! 25% getting 20% votes,doesn’t qualify to be headline!!!

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  • bilal
    May 18, 2013 - 12:41PM

    ECP can we have the re-election in the same area and lets see how many votes have actually been casted.

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  • Amanat Ali
    May 18, 2013 - 12:49PM

    Like election of 1997 this election is doubtful too. No body ever predicted this type of sweep by PLM(N) not at all. “jhurloo” like 1997 election. ECP totally failed to conduct fair, free and transparent election in the country specially in karachi. The secretary of ECP confess his failure on TV. Rigging and rigging every where peoples watching on their screnes peoples casting votes and stamping “thumb ” impression. How this is a fair election. PLM(N( sweep is bogus and fraud.

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  • Raham Dil
    May 18, 2013 - 2:02PM

    ” MQM candidate Abdul Waseem leads by securing 192,678 votes in NA-243. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s candidate Pir Amin ul Hasnat Shah stands second with 156,709 votes in NA-64, Sargodha.”
    A more important statistic would be what percentage of registered votes were cast in favor of the leading candidates. For example, we should know which candidates received the highest percentage of registered votes in their respective constituencies? This is so since some contituencies have a very high number of voters and others have a much smaller number. Therefore, for a true comparison, it is important to compare percentage of votes received rather than absolute number of votes cast.

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  • Babablacksheep
    May 18, 2013 - 2:51PM

    if Nawaz can “won” the most rigged election in the history of Pakistan then any thing is possible here

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  • ashar
    May 18, 2013 - 3:24PM

    Useless debate

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  • Sita White
    May 18, 2013 - 3:32PM

    @bilal:
    PTI has no other productive option then just playing the re-election re-election and putting the money of taxpayers in the same gutter

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  • saleh sayeed
    May 18, 2013 - 8:00PM

    @Mehar:
    These are preliminary results so Mr. Gishkori is correct in calling them “unofficial”. The ‘official’ results are often announced after a certain period for complete scrutiny. Well done Mr. Gishokori for providing a useful statistical analysis!

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  • Chimgaadarr
    May 18, 2013 - 8:13PM

    72 seats of NA is also around 30% of the total NA seats!

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  • saleh sayeed
    May 18, 2013 - 8:19PM

    @Amanat Ali:
    Your complaint that the elections were not “free, fair and transparent” in Karachi is not quite relevant. Elections in Pakistan are not held according to that high standard although they should be. Flouting election rules are the norm rather than an exception. Look at any constituency and you will find candidates’ workers transporting people to and from polling booths, feeding them, and often, intimidating and/or promising them favours. Such practices are especially prevalent in the rural areas although urban areas are not spared either. Such malpractices have an old history and have unfortunateley been normalised. While we should criticise malpractices and illegal actions, we shouldn’t do it selectively. The election process in Pakistan is substandard in its entirety, not simply in Karachi or any one place.

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