- PML-N chief Miftah Ismail writes letter to chief election commissioner in search of vote recount for NA-249.
- In his letter, Ismail writes that presiding officers from 34 polling stations didn’t WhatsApp outcomes.
- Ismail asks CEC to cease ECP from finalising outcomes and recount votes in all polling stations of NA-249.
PML-N chief Miftah Ismail needs a recount of the votes forged in the course of the April 29 by-election in Karachi’s NA-249 constituency, through which PPP had claimed a victory.
Ismail wrote on Saturday a letter to the chief election commissioner in search of the vote recount in NA-249. In the meantime, the PML-N has requested the Election Fee of Pakistan to conduct a forensic audit of the votes within the NA-249 constituency.
In his letter, Ismail wrote that presiding officers from 34 polling stations didn’t WhatsApp the outcomes.
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“We did not receive results from more than 30 polling stations. We have serious concerns about the behaviour of some presiding officers,” Ismail wrote, including that many Kind 45s weren’t signed.
He mentioned the returning officer will not be following the regulation and never directing a recount of votes regardless of the minor distinction in votes.
The PML-N candidate mentioned that the counting of votes on Kind 45 was totally different from the types given to them by the RO. “We have not been provided Form 45 by the RO,” he mentioned.
He mentioned within the letter that the RO didn’t present the outcome abstract in keeping with the polling stations. He additionally mentioned that the RO had not supplied a receipt when requested when the WhatsApp outcomes got here in.
Ismail has requested the CEC to cease the ECP from finalising the outcomes and recount votes in all polling stations of NA-249.
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He additionally mentioned that the RO has proven clear bias by rejecting all their requests as greater than half of the Kind 45s weren’t signed by the RO.
PPP chief Saeed Ghani, in the meantime, mentioned the PML-N ought to apply to the ECP for a vote recount and use its authorized proper, simply as PPP will use its authorized proper too.
NA-249 election outcomes
The PPP secured victory within the NA-249 by-election held on Thursday within the metropolis’s District West, with unofficial, provisional outcomes displaying an in depth contest between the PML-N and PPP within the closing depend.
PPP’s Abdul Qadir Mandokhel bagged 16,156 votes to win the seat, adopted by PML-N’s Miftah Ismail who secured 15,473, unofficial outcomes from polling stations confirmed.
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Each events had claimed victory for his or her candidates mid-way into counting, capturing the eye of audiences awaiting outcomes.
The PML-N pulled no punches in blaming the PPP for making an attempt to rig the outcome, saying they’d not settle for the outcome with out difficult the ECP.
After the ultimate depend was introduced, the PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz mentioned the election had been “stolen” from her social gathering.