Published On: Sun, May 2nd, 2021
Published in Category: Karachi

ECP accepts Miftah Ismail’s request for recount of votes cast in NA-249 by-poll

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Karachi: PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail’s request for a recount of votes after the April 29 by-election in Karachi’s NA-249 constituency was accepted on Saturday by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Ismail had written a letter to the chief election commissioner seeking a vote recount in NA-249.

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

In his letter, Ismail wrote that presiding officers from 34 polling stations did not WhatsApp the results.

Ismail said that the party “did not receive results from more than 30 polling stations”.

“We have serious concerns about the behaviour of some presiding officers,” he added.

The PPP secured victory in the NA-249 by-election held on Thursday in the city’s District West, with unofficial, provisional results showing a close contest between the PML-N and PPP in the final count.

PPP’s Abdul Qadir Mandokhel bagged 16,156 votes to win the seat, followed by PML-N’s Miftah Ismail who secured 15,473, unofficial results from polling stations showed.

oth parties had claimed victory for their candidates mid-way into counting, capturing the attention of audiences awaiting results.

The PML-N pulled no punches in blaming the PPP for attempting to rig the result, saying they would not accept the result without challenging the ECP.

After the final count was announced, the PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz said the election had been “stolen” from her party.