ISLAMABAD, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Unofficial results of Pakistan's by-elections suggest that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) has won more parliamentary and provincial assemblies seats, the election authorities said Friday.
By-elections were held on 41 seats including 15 National Assembly seats and 26 Provincial Assemblies seats across the country on Thursday.
Counting continued till early Friday in some constituencies and officials said the PML-N secured 18 of the 39 National and provincial assembly seats.
The main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party won three National Assembly seats while the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) or Justice Movement suffered a setback as it lost its two National Assembly seats to rivals. Both seats were won by PTI chief Imran Khan in the May 11 elections but he later vacated both and had vacated another seat.
In Islamabad, PTI retained its National Assembly seat, defeating candidate of the ruling PML-N with a small margin of nearly 5,000 votes.
The secular Awami National Party, which had fared poorly in the general elections despite being in the ruling coalition for five years, won the National Assembly seat from the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The Islamic party Jamiat ulema-e-Islam also showed poor performance in the northwest and southwest, as the counting showed it lost in all constituencies where counting has been completed.
The election commission ordered re-polling in two National Assembly constituencies in the northwest on a directive of the high court after reports that women had been barred from voting.
The by-election results will not affect the government in the center and four provinces because of sound position. However, it was a test case to check popularity of the ruling and opposition parties.
As many as 519 candidates were in the run for 41 seats -- 15 of national and 26 of provincial assemblies.
Elections were relatively peaceful however a bomb attack on an army truck in the port city of Karachi killed a soldier and a civilian late Thursday. The troops were returning from election duty.
Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
A low voter turnout was reported from most parts of the country. According to media reports, few people turned up for voting due to a general lack of interest in the by-election.