The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected Aleem Khan’s plea who sought nullification of NA-122 by-elections over allegations of illegal vote transfer.
Aleem Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), plead the court to declare Lahore’s NA-122 elections void. In a recent announcement, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) dismissed the plea once again shunning PTI’s allegations of wrongdoing against the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League – N (PMLN). In further developments, ECP accepted Aleem Khan’s petition regarding access to the record of votes which should settle any prevailing disputes. Aleem Khan was granted this access to vote records under Article 19A of the constitution. ECP bench was headed by the Chief Election Commissioner, Sardar Raza Khan. The bench declared that Aleem Khan reserved the right to move to Election Tribunal against the verdict. The judgement added that ECP reserved the right to take strict measures against Aleem Khan if affidavits of some voters were to be found fake.
Aleem Khan filed this particular petition because the party believed that votes were shifted from Lahore’s constituency of NA-122. PTI claimed that a total of 30,000 votes were shifted from said constituency where NADRA only had the record of 7,000 votes. Aleem Khan stated in connection with that information that the elections were once again rigged.
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After PML-N won the general elections in year 2013, PTI accused the winners of rigging thereby having a few constituencies opened for re-election. NA-122 was one of those constituencies for which the elections took place in October of 2015. NA-122 was won by Ayaz Sadiq in the general elections however following accusations of rigging, he was de-seated only to win again in the re-elections.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.