All political parties except PPP boycott vote recount in NA-249

KARACHI: All political parties except Pakistan People’s Party on Thursday boycotted vote recounting in NA-249 over non-provision of form 45 and 46.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday accepted PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail’s request for a vote recount in the NA-249 by-poll.

Ismail had written a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, seeking a vote recount in NA-249 after he lost the poll by 683 votes.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said the vote recounting in the NA-249 constituency will continue despite a boycott by major political parties.

The ECP has also clarified that according to the chief election commissioner’s order issued on the PML-N’s petition, the commission is bound to recount only the votes that were polled and rejected.

“Despite the boycott, the recount process will be completed as per the order,” the ECP officials said.

He added that political parties were demanding data that was not possible to retrieve.

While speaking with media outside the Election Commission Office, PML-N’s Miftah Ismail claimed that were denied provision of Form 45 and 46 by the officials at the election commission. “We are not provided with the record of used and unused ballot papers.”

The first bag opened for recounting was unsealed and upon asking the officials replied the seal might have been broken while transporting the bags, Miftah claimed.

PTI’s Amjad Afridi said they demanded of the ECP to provide details of Form 45 and 46 and until provision recounting is unacceptable.

Afridi claimed the votes bags brought for recounting were even not sealed.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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