SC or­ders vote ver­i­fi­ca­tion in NA-125

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Elec­tion tri­bunal on Tues­day de­clared the plea filed by Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan in NA-122 rig­ging case as in­ad­mis­si­ble.

Ac­cord­ing to de­tails, Jus­tice Qa­mar Rasheed heard the case dur­ing which the de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the case of NA-122 al­leged trans­fer­ence of votes case was taken. The judge af­ter hear­ing the ar­gu­ments dis­missed the pe­ti­tion.

Ear­lier, Aleem Khan sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion, stat­ing that rig­ging was taken place at mas­sive level by trans­fer­ring as many as 30,000 votes dur­ing by­elec­tions in NA-122. He al­leged that Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) Sar­dar Ayaz Sadiq won the polls by rig­ging, there­fore, he urged to de­clare the re­sults as null and void.

The plea stated that the ECP record shows that 26,000 new vot­ers were reg­is­tered and 4,600 votes were trans­ferred dur­ing last two years. Only 812 vot­ers per­son­ally con­firmed that they trans­ferred their votes out of the con­stituency whereas votes of oth­ers were shifted from the con­stituency against their will.

PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq took oath as Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly for the se­cond time.

Mean­while, The Supreme Court on Tues­day or­dered ver­i­fi­ca­tion of voter thumb im­pres­sions and coun­ter­foils in La­hore's NA-125 con­stituency, where Rail­ways Min­is­ter Saad Rafique of the PML-N had de­feated Pak­istan Tehreek-i-In­saf's (PTI) Hamid Khan in the 2013 gen­eral elec­tions.

A three-mem­ber bench headed by Chief Jus­tice An­war Za­heer Ja­mali di­rected the Na­tional Data­base and Reg­is­tra­tion Au­thor­ity (Nadra) to sub­mit a re­port on vote ver­i­fi­ca­tion in 90 days. Hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by Rafique against the de­ci­sion of an elec­tion tri­bunal that had de­seated him from the Na­tional As­sem­bly (NA) and or­dered re-polling in the con­stituency, the apex court also or­dered PTI leader Hamid Khan to bear ex­penses of the vote ver­i­fi­ca­tion process.

In May last year, an elec­tion tri­bunal had or­dered re-elec­tion in NA-125 af­ter Hamid Khan filed a pe­ti­tion al­leg­ing rig­ging in the 2013 polls. In re­sponse, Rafique ap­proached the apex court which sus­pended the May 4 de­ci­sion of the elec­tion tri­bunal to de-seat Rafique "pend­ing a de­ci­sion" by the court. Rafique, whose NA mem­ber­ship had been sus­pended af­ter the tri­bunal ver­dict, was re-in­stated as mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture by the elec­tion com­mis­sion fol­low­ing the SC or­der.

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