By the numbers: PML-N sweeps Pakistan elections

Published: May 12, 2013
Shahbaz Sharif casting his vote. PHOTO: PPI

Shahbaz Sharif casting his vote. PHOTO: PPI

The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) is just hours away from being announced the official victors of the Pakistan elections.

Based on unofficial results of total vote count as of May 12, 1pm, the PML-N leads by almost two thirds more votes than its closest competitor, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).


Party Total votes (May 12, 1pm)
PML-N 9,781,703
PTI 3,633,060
PPP 3,381,223
MQM 2,108,360
PML-Q 834,572
PML-F 610,906
JUI-F 278,636
JI 91,668


According to the unofficial results in so far, the PML-N is also registering a decisive overall win in the National Assembly.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • ayesha
    May 12, 2013 - 1:22PM

    good luck , the people of karachi are look at you Mr Nawaz , how will u deal with the law and order situation. do you know
    farooq satar won 108000 votes means , 2 votes at a polling both in a minute and if you voted yesterday then u must know it took 5 minutes for a vote !


  • Nair
    May 12, 2013 - 1:52PM

    The data reveals that except in Punjab PML-N has come a cropper. PTI seems more acceptable in KP and MQM has only Sindh supporting them. Since Punjab has the largest number of seats, this province alone determines the fate of elections in Pakistan. The moods of rest of Pakistan may not count at all in the end analysis?


  • Aviator
    May 12, 2013 - 2:06PM

    An impressive second for PTI. Supporters of PTI should remember that you cannot, and should not, expect to become leader of a nation after your first major participation on an election. It takes many election cycles, but to come second this time is impressive.

    IK should prove to Pakistan that he is an effective politician, by governing KP effectively.

    If he improves the lives of people of KP, and proved to people in the rest of the country, especially the rural poor, then at the next elections he may very well become the next PM


  • Rashid
    May 12, 2013 - 2:25PM

    PTI had nearly 70 Lakh members, it got 36 Lakh votes?!!!


  • Salman
    May 12, 2013 - 2:29PM

    Pakistan will not exist until the next elections after rigged polls in Punjab. This is the truth


  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    May 12, 2013 - 2:34PM

    For all those who called Musharraf a “Dictator” now they will experience it,specially this intractable free media,this party will tighten your more thing the drones will keep coming as long as the madrassa passouts wont mend their ways


  • Imran
    May 12, 2013 - 3:02PM

    PTI please accept reality , it is SHERR time !!


  • Lahori
    May 12, 2013 - 4:05PM

    Pakistan will live strong with the blessing of Allah.
    you dont have courage to face TRUTH.
    There was no such rigging, PTI is rejected in Punjab and you should come to reality


  • Wada Nibhao
    May 12, 2013 - 4:05PM

    I have already purchased a ticket in Nawaz Sharif Bullet Train will stopover at raiwind to greet Sharifs on the way to Pechawar from Karachi…..


  • Well Wisher
    May 12, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Pakistan cannot be wished away, get used to it. It has tremendous and unprecedented problems, but it also has unmatched resilience. Problems and Pakistan are likely to co-exist.


  • Murali Nair
    May 12, 2013 - 4:54PM

    My being from India, I must appreciate the prudence with which Tribune is moderating comments. Given the freedom of press and freedom of expression is high in India, these are days when I sadly see the freedom given by the constitution being misused in some news paper sites. My heart felt congratulations to Tribune for keeping the standards of journalism high, just like in India we have high standard papers too like The Hindu for example. In a situation where the two neighboring countries have restless relationship between them, it is important that good prudence is maintained by Journalists and News Papers to ensure that hatred is not spread at any cost. And in that context, The Hindu of India (also to a large extent Indian Express, Deccan Herald and Hindustan Times) and The Tribune of Pakistan must be appreciated. Thank you. Murali Nair, Bangalore, India


  • kamil
    May 12, 2013 - 6:09PM

    For those who has so much pain for votes MQM candidates got
    Plz answer a simple question
    In NA 125 more than 200,000 votes polled Saad Rafiq got 120,000 Hamid khan 81000 plus rejected votes and votes other parties got.
    If votes MQM got is illogical how that happened in lahore?
    Secondly the votes were not polled in ONE booth there were hundreds of polling Stations in one constituency with 2 or more polling booths.
    MQM haters and bashers don’t go blind in MQM hate try to be reasonable and logical.
    Thank you


  • Sultan Mehmood
    May 12, 2013 - 7:21PM

    ET, it’s three times more, not two thirds than the closest competitor.


  • Murali Nair
    May 12, 2013 - 9:19PM

    If you ever asked me, MQM is the only true political party that can take Pakistan to the next century; they may have a socialist view point but they stand for their cause even in a losing cause. That is called ideological prudence. Of course, this is an Indian point of view and it can be contested. But you could also take it as a neutral point of view.


    May 12, 2013 - 9:20PM

    or Pml workers please donot treat leaders like kings . Do not give them a chance to make mistakes and blunders . noone is angle in this world where our leadership make mistake point it doest matter they like it or not . 20 years of my life i never said yes on wrong doings of my leadership . i stood up against them in party where every they were wrong . i m axpecting same from all of you who supported PML(n).


  • Linchpin
    May 13, 2013 - 5:58AM

    PTI didn’t win many seats in Punjab because of the electoral system but the number of voters for the PTI is highest in Punjab.
    PML-N is the third and second biggest party in KP and Baluchistan respectively (leaving aside independents) so well represented in 3 provinces with allies in the third.
    PPP bungled Punjab completely because of their incompetence and they lost their urban supporters. They may be back in the future but they cannot resemble their former glory. After all it was voters in Punjab that brought Bhutto to power in the 70’s.
    MQM is a special case. They are a combination of a corporation/militia/ethno-politico entity. They work through different principles than other political parties and have different political processes (which might not include elections).
    Pakistan will change the political landscape again at the next election. Pakistanis now feel they have the power to change through elections. This is thanks to PTI…if you support them or not.


  • Murali Nair
    May 13, 2013 - 9:53AM

    @Linchpin: I appreciate your analysis. Sitting on the other side of LOC, it is these type of interactions that tell us the reality on the Pakistan side. Thank you.


  • May 13, 2013 - 1:26PM

    Congrats to PML-N on landslide victory in Center and Punjab :) It fared well in Balochistan and KPK as well. Hope that Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif will serve Pakistan more.


  • May 13, 2013 - 2:02PM

    @Rashid! The mentioned 3,633,060 votes figure for PTI, is based on unofficial results of total vote count as of 12 May 2013, 1 PM. Obviously the PTI votes figure increased with the time, as more results were announced later on. As the PTI leadership claimed 1 Crore votes for party in Election 2013 in the end.


  • Ajamal
    May 14, 2013 - 4:31PM

    @Aviator: PTI supporters should also remember that two status quo parties started their careers as dictators’ stooges, ZAB as Secretary of Conventional Muslim League headed by Ayub Khan and NS as Minister under General Jilani.

    Well done PTI & IK.


  • faizan malik
    May 15, 2013 - 11:38PM

    congrulate mian muhammad nawaz sharif sb


  • furqan
    May 16, 2013 - 1:01PM

    IK is not above the nation, he is just a human, do not make him god.@Salman:


  • Murali Nair
    May 16, 2013 - 7:49PM

    I agree. No one should be above the law and constitution wherever in the world they are and whatever religion or ethnicity they belong to. Governments are supposed to administer and not to appease some religio-politico-socio-sentiments.


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