Election Tribunal Announces Re-Polling in NA-125

Election Tribunal Announces Re-Polling in NA-125Election Tribunal Announces Re-Polling in NA-125

An election tribunal ruled in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday, announcing re-polling in the coveted NA-125, Lahore Cantt constituency, Express News reported.

The decision came after the tribunal found irregularities in the polls that were held in the constituency in the May 2013 general elections.

Earlier, the election tribunal had reserved its verdict in a petition accusing PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique of rigging the 2013 election in NA-125 and cancellation of a notification declaring Rafique as the winner from the constituency.

Muhammad Hussain, counsel for petitioner Hamid Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, earlier requested the tribunal to set aside the notification and order a re-election in the constituency.

In December 2014, a National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) report had found over 20 per cent of the votes cast in Lahore’s NA-125 constituency were “bogus.”

The vote verification report – spread over 125 pages – was submitted to the election tribunal.

NADRA checked a total of 1,254 votes and declared 280 bogus. The said votes were rejected for want of verification of thumbprint and CNIC numbers, whereas at some instances, one person had cast multiple votes, the report said. (Source)