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ECP rejects PTI plea to declare PK-63 Nowshera by-poll void

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday dismissed a petition moved by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) challenging the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly PK-63 Nowshera by-poll results.

PTI candidate Mian Muhammad Umar Kakakhel filed the petition requesting the ECP to invalidate Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Ikhtiar Wali’s win in the by-poll.

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An ECP bench had reserved a verdict on the petition after hearing arguments of both sides.

In his plea, the PTI leader alleged rigging in the by-election. 1,500 ballot papers were found missing at a polling station of PK-63, he claimed, adding a total of 1,200 ballot papers were issued at polling station no.41 and 483 votes were cast but instead of 717, 1,317 ballot papers were returned to the returning officer.

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He said the violation of election rules and mismanagement were reported at 40 per cent of the polling stations.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Ikhtiar Wali won the PK-63 by-polls with 21,122 votes while PTI’s Mian Umar was able to secure 17,023 votes.

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