ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday has restrained Returning Officer from issuing the notification of Saeed Ghani’s victory in PS-114 by-elections till July 17, 2017, ARY News reported on Thursday.
A five-member bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Raza Hayat, was hearing a petition filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), seeking recount of votes in the constituency and verification of the thumbprints while alleging the polls were rigged by the PPP.
During the court proceeding, counsel of MQM-P Iqbal Qadri raised concerns over the results in PS-114 by-election while contending that the PPP has rigged the polls.
Hearing the arguments, the bench issued a notice to winning candidate Saeed Ghani and adjourned the hearing till July 17.
Talking to media outside the ECP building, MQM-P Chief Dr. Farooq Sattar called for bio-metric verification of the thumbprints and recounting of the votes in the constituency.
He alleged that the provincial ruling party has misused the government machinery and authorities on the polling day.
Unofficial Results hint victory of PPP candidate
On Sunday, unofficial and unconfirmed results suggested the PPP’s candidate Saeed Ghani won the by-elections for the Sindh Assembly constituency PS-114 while MQM-P’s Kamran Tessori stood runner-up.
The PPP candidate had reportedly bagged more than 23,800 votes. The party supporters resorted to celebrations as congratulations poured in after the unofficial results of all the 92 polling stations were announced.
MQM-P candidate Kamran Tessori stood runner-up with over 18,000 votes, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate secured 5,098 votes and Pakistan Muslim League-N’s candidate managed to get 5,353 votes.
Voting for the by-election ended at its designated time amid allegations of rigging and scattered incidents of chaos in different polling stations.