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Pakistan - Results of Monday`s Elections: Bhutto Defeated by Sharif

ISLAMABAD (REUTER) - Pakistan`s Election Commission declared the first result of Monday`s polls more than eight hours after voting closed, giving a parliament seat from Islamabad to the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) of Nawaz Sharif. Chief ...

ISLAMABAD (REUTER) - Pakistan`s Election Commission declared the first result of Monday`s polls more than eight hours after voting closed, giving a parliament seat from Islamabad to the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) of Nawaz Sharif. Chief Election Commissioner Fakhre Alam said on the state television that a delay had been caused in tabulating the results because his staff took more than normal time in counting votes for both the National Assembly (lower house) and provincial asseblies. In Islamabad, PML`s Syed Zafar Ali defeated a candidate of the Pakistan People`s Party of ousted prime minister Benazir Bhutto, Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, and former cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan, who was also running in other seats. The Election Commission gave the conservative PML 40 seats from the first 55 results announced for the National Assembly (lower house) by early on Tuesday. Most of the results were from Sharif`s populous home province of Punjab. Many of Pakistan`s 56.5 million eligible voters stayed away from the polls, either because of the Moslem fasting month of Ramadan or because they distrust current political leaders. Leaders of the Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) led by Bhutto - sacked by President Farooq Leghari last November - and the Karachi-based ethnic Mohajir National Movement (MQM) complained of vote-rigging and irregularities. But the head of a Commonwealth team of observers said voting on Monday for the 217-seat National Assembly was free and mainly peaceful. Nevertheless, 10 people were killed in election day violence around the country, officials said. The Election Commission declared only one PPP nominee, former housing minister Amin Fahim, elected to the National Assembly. No one from former cricket hero Imran Khan`s Tehrik-i-Insaaf (Justice Movement) party won a seat in the early results. President Leghari called the national and provincial assembly elections - being held on the same day for the first time - after dismissing Bhutto on November 5. He accused her government of corruption, nepotism and extra-judicial killings in Karachi and the Supreme Court ruled last week that the president`s action had been justified. Sharif promised not to seek revenge on Bhutto for alleged victimisation of the PML while she was in power and said he would not put her on trial. He said the opposition and government should have a working relationship. Leghari pledged a swift transfer of power to a new government and denied charges by Bhutto, a former ally and now a bitter foe, that he had planned to rig voting in 65 constituencies.

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