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

ECP withholds NA-249 by-polls results

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

According to a notification by the ECP, the hearing will be held on May 4, and notices have been sent to all respondents.

In the meanwhile, the ECP has issued a stay order, withholding results of the by-poll.

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

The PML-N has 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.

According to Section 95 (5) of the Election Act, 2017, the returning officer shall recount the votes if a candidate challenges the count with a request. For the request to be valid, the margin of victory must be “less than five percent of the total votes polled in the constituency or ten thousand votes, whichever is less”.

Margin of votes between PPP’s Abdul Qadir Mandokhel and PML-N’s Miftah Ismail is 683. The margin of 683 votes is well within the less-than-five-percent criteria.