ECP orders recounting of votes in PP-150
29 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday ordered recounting of votes in PP-150, Lahore.
The order came two days after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) staged protests outside the Punjab Assembly and blocked the Mall Road Lahore against the alleged rigging in PP-150 during the by-elections. The acting Chief Election Commissioner, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani took suo moto notice of the protests and summoned all the candidates of PP-150 constituency to Islamabad. After hearing everyone's point of view, Justice Jilani directed recounting in all polling stations of the constituency within three days.
PTI Punjab chapter President Ejaz Chaudhry had filed a recounting application for PP-150, as soon as the results were announced, which was rejected by the returning officer. In response, PTI leaders and dozens of workers set up a hunger strike camp in front of the Punjab Assembly.
The protest camp at Charing Cross was uprooted by the police and PTI leaders and dozens of workers were arrested however they were released fairly quickly after Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif issued an order in this regard.
Meanwhile, the ECP adjourned hearing of alleged rigging case at NA-125 constituency against PML-N's Khawaja Saad Rafiq. During the hearing in Lahore, PTI candidate Hamid Khan's advocate said that 125 bogus votes cast in the constituency, and tampering with final result had helped PML-N's Saad Rafiq to succeed requesting a recount of votes with National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra)'s assistance.
The legal counsel of Khawaja Saad Rafiq requested for some grace time to submit its reply, which the court duly granted until September 2, directing concerned parties to submit their replies regarding the issue.