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NA-249 by-poll: ECP accepts PML-N’s recount plea

ISLAMABAD: 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.

He also requested the chief election commissioner to take emergency steps for taking custody of the NA-249 by-election record.

The PML-N had also requested the ECP to conduct a forensic audit of the votes in the NA-249 constituency.

A four-member commission of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja heard the plea.

PML-N’s counsel Salman Akram Raja in his argument before the ECP stated that a large number of Form 45 were not duly signed by the presiding officers (POs), while agents of PML-N were also not given Form 46.

Raja while submitting the details of Form 45 demanded the ECP to initiate an inquiry on the irregularities surfaced in the Karachi by-poll.

He said that the PML-N will file a separate plea seeking re-polling in NA-249. To this, ECP member from Punjab Altaf Qureshi directed Raja to contain his arguments on the recount plea and convince the electoral body on it first, we will see the plea for re-polling if it is filed, he added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan People’s Party’s counsel Latif Khosa opposed the re-polling in the constituency and said in his argument it is not enough just to say that irregularities were made. “You should highlight where irregularities were reported.”

The ECP after hearing arguments from both the side has reserved its verdict.

Later on, ECP announced its decision in favour of PMLN.

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