Pakistan ruling coalition sweeps by-elections 2008-06-27 14:57:00   Print

Special report: Pakistani Situation    

    ISLAMABAD, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's ruling coalition swept the by-elections held on Thursday, winning majority seats of national and provincial assemblies, initial results showed on Friday.

    The coalition, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP), won all the five National Assembly seats with three secured by PML-N and two by PPP, according to unofficial result from the election committee.

    The two parties also secured most of 23 provincial assembly seats.

    However, violence took place in some polling stations and 26 people were reportedly injured in election-related violence during Thursday's by-polling.

    The polling for constituency NA-123 in eastern city of Lahore, where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif stands, were postponed because the hearing on Sharif's disqualification case would be held at the end of the month.

    The PML-N chief Sharif had submitted his nomination paper to contest the by-elections, and his paper was previously approved by the election committee.

    But a full bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday disqualified Sharif from contesting the by-elections. The PML-N said the verdict was politically-motivated and it as a conspiracy.     

    The Pakistan Supreme Court, after receiving the appeal against the disqualification from the federal government, made the decision to stay the by-election on Sharif's constituency before it holds hearing on the case on June 30.

    Sharif was barred from Feb. 18 general elections for the convictions related to the coup in 1999, in which then army chief Musharraf seized power. 

Editor: An Lu
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