Even after the passage of more than a week, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is yet to notify the victory of most of the independent candidates who have won National Assembly (NA) seats in the general elections.

More than 101 independent candidates — most of them backed by PTI — have won NA seats, according to unofficial results. However, until last night, the ECP had notified the result of only eight of them and declared the victory of 33 more through a late-night notification.

The delay on part of the ECP to officially notify the results of a majority of the independent candidates has raised concerns among their voters and stakeholders amid political wrangling over numbers game for formation of government in the Centre.

While under the election rules, independent candidates have three days to join a political party after official notification of their victory, the ECP has so far notified results of 154 out of total 265 NA constituencies, where elections took place on Feb 8. They include 41 independents.

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