Pakistan's Who's Who vote in knife-edge election

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"Imran Khan is the only ‎hope to change destiny of our country".

The election will be only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan's 71-year history.

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has inched ahead of PML-N in recent national polls, but even if it gets the most votes, it will likely struggle to win a majority, raising the prospect of weeks of haggling to form a messy coalition government.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif cast his vote in Model Town, Lahore.

Mariyum Aurangzeb said: "the PML-N categorically rejects the election results". Mushahid Hussain Sayed. "A great disservice has been done to Pakistan".

Pakistan election described as "dirtiest in country's history" to decide new prime minister. The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) which had won only two NA seats in 2013 polls, is hardly being seen in the race.

Dozens of people were killed on Wednesday in a suicide bombing near a polling station in the city of Quetta in western Pakistan.

In this picture taken on July 7, 2018, Pakistani supporters of the Sunni Muslim religious party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) ride on bikes with election posters displaying party head Khadim Hussain Rizvi during an election campaign rally in Karachi.

The election has been plagued by allegations that the military has been trying to tilt the race in Khan's favour, after falling out with the PML-N.

Sharif has denied any wrongdoing and accused elements of the judiciary and military of conspiring to bring down his government. The counting of votes has begun and the Pakistan Election Results are expected to be declared over the next 24 hours.

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The Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary said the results will be shared as soon as they are in. "This is the resilience of this country and its people". "It is the first time that women have come out of their homes to cast their vote". "In the past, our votes were cast [on our behalf]". A teenage girl took her mother on a motorcycle to vote for Khan, she said, because public transport was not available.

"Polling agents of about four to five constituencies have complained of irregularities", he said while talking to media amid announcements of unconfirmed and unofficial results of different polling stations. Television news projections predicted his party would win up to 115 of the 272 elected seats on offer.

Sharif's outgoing ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was estimated at between 42 and 69. Others or the non-aligned candidates, including independents, are ahead in 62 constituencies. "Now it's time to test out Imran". Nawaz Sharif was ousted from power past year and jailed over a corruption conviction days before the vote, removing Khan's most unsafe rival. Sharif's PML-N party is known for its large-scale infrastructure projects and energy projects that have reduced crippling power cuts. "By voting for him, we are voting against this trend of victimizing political leaders".

"It is rigging", Mr. Sharif said, refusing to accept the outcome of the elections.

Sharif's PML-N has sought to turn the vote into a referendum on Pakistan's democracy, and has said it was campaigning to protect the "sanctity of the vote".

He claimed that his candidates were not given Form-45.

Khan's triumph, however, signals a victory against dynastic politics.

After Sharif's disqualification, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected as 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan by the National Assembly in August 2017. In case of a hung National Assembly, the PPP and Bilawal Bhutto could play kingmaker. That attack was also claimed by Islamic State militants.

The military - which has ruled Pakistan for roughly half its history - has rejected the accusations, saying it has no "direct role" in the electoral process.

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