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Khan's party wins second most votes in Pakistan poll

Published on May 27, 2013 9:27 PM
 
Pakistani supporters of Imran Khan, the head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party take part in a protest against alleged vote rigging in Pakistan's landmark election in Lahore on May 21, 2013. The party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan's general election, data released on Monday, May 27, 2013, showed, despite finishing third in terms of seats. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan's general election, data released on Monday showed, despite finishing third in terms of seats.

Mr Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party polled 7.7 million votes in the May 11 election to win 28 national assembly seats, but the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) which led the outgoing government took 32 seats with only 6.9 million ballots.

Turnout at the election, which marked the first time a civilian government had completed a five-year term and handed over power at the ballot box, was 55 per cent, the election commission said - up from 44 per cent in the 2008 poll.

In total, 46.2 million people voted compared with 36.6 million five years ago, despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations on election day.

 
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