Protests break out in Karachi over alleged ballot rigging

Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protest outside an election commission office in Karachi on February 10, 2024, amid claims the election result delay is allowing authorities to rig the vote-counting. (Photo by AFP)

Despite PTI-backed candidates leading in Pakistan's elections race, the party's supporters stage a protest outside the Election Commission in Karachi lamenting state interference in the polling process.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won 14 National Assembly seats in the 2018 election from Karachi, breaking voters away from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which has traditionally dominated the city’s political landscape.

With the MQM split into multiple factions since 2016, its disenchanted voters found solace in Khan’s party. Khan was barred from contesting the election after being handed several lengthy prison sentences in the days leading up to the vote. 

(Source: AFP) 

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