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NA-249 Karachi – ECP Hear Petition for Re-Counting of Votes

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The Election Commission has reserved its decision on the request of PML-N candidate Muftah Ismail for a recount of votes in NA-249 Karachi by-election.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja said that the decision will be announced today.

A four-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja is hearing the issue of recount in NA-249 Karachi by-elections at the Election Commission of Pakistan’s office in Islamabad.

PMLN Lawyer

When the hearing began, PPP lawyer Latif Khosa and PML-N lawyer Salman Akram Raja did not appear before the Election Commission on time.

PML-N candidates Muftah Ismail, Maryam Aurangzeb, Musaddiq Malik and Muhammad Zubair appeared before the Election Commission.

PPP Lawyer

PPP candidates Qadir Mandokhel, Saeed Ghani, Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and Farooq H Naik also reached the commission.

Farooq H Naik requested the court that our lawyer Latif Khosa is on the way, wait for him for a while.

Muftah Ismail said that our lawyers would also reach the commission in 5 minutes on which the ECP took a 15-minute break in the hearing.

When the hearing resumed after the arrival of the lawyers, PML-N lawyer Salman Akram Raja started his arguments.

He submitted the Form 45 to the Election Commission and said that something happened during the preparation of Form 45 and 46 by closing the polling.

He said that Form 45 is an important document, signed Form 45 must be given to every polling agent, however, at 167 polling stations, Form 45 is not signed by any polling agent.

Salman Akram Raja said that not a single Form 46 has been issued to us, no one has been signed by the polling agent.

Salman Akram Raja requested that the matter of Form 46 be disturbed and the matter be investigated.

The PML-N lawyer said that the presiding officer did not issue Form 46 at any polling station except one, separate papers of Form 45 were signed and no procedure was followed as per law after the polling was closed.

Salman Akram Raja said that we were officially told the difference of 683 votes, we have 2 Form 45s on which Muftah Ismail’s vote RO has more than Form 45, it becomes an additional 110 votes, only again Not to be counted, the matter of Forms 45 and 46 shows interference, we demand recount in the whole constituency.

He demanded that the matter be thoroughly investigated, the whole matter has become dubious, re-polling requests will be filed, recount in the entire constituency, RO rejected all our requests.

PPP lawyer Latif Khosa argued that no complaint was lodged with the RO or the Election Commission during or after the polling. The RO is not bound to accept the recount request. Didn’t apply, just said that there are suspicions, all these things are speculations, is their request real?

The Chief Election Commissioner asked him if the margin is more than 5% of the victory can not be recounted?

Latif Khosa replied that if the margin of victory is more than 5%, it cannot be recounted, the matter will go to the Election Tribunal again, the petitioners are still talking about what to do in the Election Tribunal, the former The governor and the former prime minister were there that night. They made the request at half past one in the night when they lost. After losing, everyone makes a request. This request is absolutely unjustified. Not requested.

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Member Election Commission Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi said that first the matter had gone to the RO for recount, first the petitioners have gone to the RO.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that the Election Commission is now hearing the request for recount.

Latif Khosa said that this application is absolutely unwarranted, he did not apply anywhere before losing.

Member Election Commission Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi inquired that first the matter had gone to the RO for recount, first the petitioners have gone to the RO.

The Chief Election Commissioner said that the Election Commission is now hearing the request for recount.

Muftah Ismail’s lawyer Salman Akram Raja said that we are limiting ourselves to the request for recount.

Decision Today: ECP

The Election Commission has reserved its decision on Muftah Ismail’s request for a recount of votes, which will be announced today.