Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared victory for his Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) in today’s parliamentary elections in Pakistan. PLM-N is leading in 119 of the 272 National Assembly seats that were contested.
“Results are still coming in, but this much is confirmed: we're the single largest party so far,” Sharif said during a speech to jubilant supporters in Lahore on Saturday night.
Pakistanis directly elect 272 representatives for the National Assembly. An additional 70 seats -- 60 for women and 10 for non-Muslims - will be allocated on the basis of a party’s share in the directly elected seats.
Elections for four provincial assemblies were also held on the same day.
According to Pakistani Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin Ebrahim, turnout was about 60 percent, which is the highest since 1977.
File photo: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves to supporters. Lahore, 11 May 2013 (The Nation/Press TV)