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Claims of Pakistan vote rigging affect 8 seats

Thursday - 5/16/2013, 7:47am  ET

People sit outside a campaign office of a candidate in Pakistan's nationwide elections in Islamabad's slums on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Pakistan. The final vote count from weekend's nationwide elections in Pakistan on Tuesday confirmed a big win for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan says it will conduct a recount or re-do the vote for eight national assembly seats following allegations of vote rigging in the recent election.

Pakistan election commission official Khurshid Alam said Thursday there are three other seats where the voting remains to be done, either because a candidate was killed in the run-up to the May 11 election or security was too poor to hold the vote.

Alam says the commission has finished counting the votes for 261 of the 272 directly elected seats.

The Pakistan Muslim League-N party led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has won 124 seats so far, setting it up to form the next government.

The outgoing ruling Pakistan People's Party won 31 seats. Former cricket star Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party won 27.


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