Islamabad, July 24: Polling for general elections will be held tomorrow (July 25) in Pakistan. Ahead of the voting, a survey predicted victory for Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) over Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) of jialed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
According to the survey result, the PTI is leading with 29 per cent, followed by Nawaz Sharif's PMLN at 25 per cent and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at 20 per cent. A total of 6,004 people from 55 districts across Pakistan responded in the survey.
In a bad news for PMLN, the survey found that 14 per cent of the respondents in Punjab province remain undecided about their choice of the party. The Punjab province is considered a stronghold of PMLN. Punjab accounts for 141 of the 272 seats in the National Assembly.
The survey was conducted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), one of Pakistan’s respected think tanks, with Dawn newspaper group’s magazine - Herlad.
According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, as many as 11,855 candidates are in the fray for 849 general seats of Pakistan's national and provincial assemblies. 3,459 candidates will contest on 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 are in fray for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies.
A total of 3,459 candidates — 1,623 from Punjab, 824 from Sindh, 725 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 287 from Balochistan — are in the run for the 272 general seats of the National Assembly.