ECP takes suo motu notice of rigging allegations in PP-150
27 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday took suo motu notice of rigging allegations during by-polls in PP-150 and summoned all contesting candidates.
The ECP said that the matter requires further consideration and issued notices under Section 103 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 to all contesting candidates to appear before ECP on Wednesday.
In an order, the ECP stated that it has examined the order of the Returning Officer of PP-150 Lahore-XIV constituency whereby the application of Mehr Wajid Azeem, contesting candidate from the said constituency for recount was dismissed.
"In first part of the order, the Returning Officer has taken note of all the allegations made and arguments addressed on behalf of the counsel for said candidate as also of the counsel for the respondent-contesting candidate Mian Marghoob Ahmed but surprisingly while dismissing the application the Returning Officer prima facie has not attended to all those allegations and has based his order primarily only on one contention of the applicant," the ECP stated in its order.