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  • ECP asks PTI to submit response in alleged rigging case of NA-75 Daska by-polls by tomorrow
  • Returning officer points an in depth assertion on what occurred with the outcomes
  • The fee was assembly after the outcomes for the NA-75 Daska by-polls had been withheld attributable to violence and alleged vote fraud

ISLAMABAD: The returning officer of the NA-75 Daska by-election has submitted particulars of irregularities earlier than the Election Fee of Pakistan.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja presided over a five-member bench assembly on Tuesday.

The fee was assembly after the outcomes for the NA-75 Daska by-polls had been withheld attributable to violence and alleged voting fraud. The outcomes will now be introduced by the ECP after a correct inquiry.

The CEC had summoned Ali Asjad and Nosheen Iftikhar, each main candidates belonging to the PTI and PML-N, respectively, to the federal capital for the listening to.

Learn extra: NA-75 by-elections: ECP to resolve on announcement of unofficial outcomes 

Throughout the proceedings, PTI’s candidate Ali Asjad Malhi appeared earlier than the panel and vowed to just accept the choice of the fee.

Raja mentioned re-polling may be held within the constituency if the fee finds that the elections weren’t carried out in a good and clear method.

In the meantime, the returning officer (RO) submitted particulars of the irregularities through the by-polls.

Raja requested the RO if the administration cooperated with him, to which the RO replied within the affirmative.

The returning officer knowledgeable the ECP that there have been 360 ​​polling stations within the constituency and the outcomes of 305 polling stations have been acquired by 2:45pm.

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He mentioned the registration of 337 polling stations had been accomplished by 3.30pm, including that makes an attempt have been made to contact presiding officers after delays within the outcomes of 20 polling stations, however no response was acquired from anybody besides one officer.

The RO mentioned that the polling stations have been 30 to 40 kilometres aside, including that he had acquired the outcomes from three polling stations however couldn’t register the consequence due to the gang exterior.

“We received the rest of the results on WhatsApp as candidates claimed that they had also received them through the messaging app. We, therefore, asked them to forward the results to us so that we could tally the data with the results of 17 polling stations,” the RO mentioned.

4 polling station outcomes have been clear, he mentioned. Nevertheless, some fingerprints of presiding officers have been lacking within the outcomes of different polling stations.

The RO spoke in regards to the firing incident throughout a conflict between the PTI and PML-N employees, saying that the voter turnout decreased barely after the firing. However there was no firing contained in the polling station, he mentioned.

The RO went on to say that solely seven or eight presiding officers got here again to provide their written statements of the 20 officers who had disappeared.

Throughout the listening to, the lawyer of PML-N performed a video of the conflict between PML-N and PTI on polling day, which claimed two lives.

The CEC has sought an entire file from PTI authorities until February 24.

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