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Pakistan to vote on Saturday, coalition govt likely

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Pakistan to vote on Saturday, coalition govt likely Islamabad: Millions of Pakistanis will go to the polls on Saturday to vote for a landmark democratic transition of power after a bloody campaign, marred by Taliban violence that killed over 100 people, forced key parties to abandon rallies and large gatherings.

Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N is widely tipped to emerge as the single largest party in the polls. He could end up becoming a premier for the third time if he is able to cobble together a coalition comprising the religious, nationalist and right wing parties that are expected to do well in the provinces.

A spirited campaign over the past few weeks by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, 60, has boosted the chances of his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, particularly in Punjab province which has 147 – or more than half – of the 272 parliamentary seats for which polls will be held.

Pakistan to vote on Saturday, coalition govt likely Some experts point out that Khan, who is hospitalised after having fallen down from a forklift during campaign, could gain some sympathy votes.

The National Assembly or lower house of parliament has a total of 342 seats and the rest will be allocated to women and minority candidates nominated by parties.

Over 86 million people are registered to vote but elections in Pakistan have traditionally registered low turnouts.

A total of 4,670 candidates are standing for parliamentary elections while nearly 11,000 are running for the four provincial assemblies.

Pakistan to vote on Saturday, coalition govt likely Parties like the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, Pakistan People’s Party and PML-N have sought to attract many youths who will be voting for the first time.

The PML-N and Khan's party were the only major political forces that were able to conduct a nationwide campaign after the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan warned that it would target leaders and rallies of the secular-leaning PPP, Awami National Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which were part of the outgoing coalition.

This would be the first time in Pakistan's history that a democratic transition of power would take place. The previous PPP-led government had for the first time completed its five-year term in the country that has seen numerous military coups.

PTI

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First Published: Friday, May 10, 2013, 09:07
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harish khalasi - u.s.a.
i hope imran khan will win. and be ledar of pakistan....if he can control pakistani cricket,he can lead pakistan...
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Parvez Gondal MD - Los Angeles
Good Morning. I hope and pray to GOD that the people of Pakistan have moral courage to oust the ``OLD`` and ``tried `` parties who have looted the Poor Pakistanis and our beloved country with both hands and with NO shame. May ALLAH be with you and help you. Please dont be afraid of the evil as I know my brothers and sisters are NOT afraid of the Devil and will vote for the New Leadership as we need it BADLY.
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nouman ijaz - karak pakistan
inshalla pml(n) will win the election 2013
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parsa - islamabad
yes imran khan will get more votes due to injury as my uncle who was in favour of nawaz shareef.....i was convincing him from some days that PTI is best n imran khan is true leader and nawaz shareef is just politician.......finally he convinced to vote for PTI when imran khan got injured.
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parsa - islamabad
yes imran khan will get more votes due to injury as my uncle who was in favour of nawaz shareef.....i was convincing him from some days that PTI is best n imran khan is true leader and nawaz shareef is just politician.......finally he convinced to vote for PTI when imran khan got injured.



nouman ijaz - karak pakistan
inshalla pml(n) will win the election 2013





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