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SHC rejects vote recount requests of Shehbaz, others

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday dismissed petitions seeking recounting of ballot papers in a number of constituencies in the province.

A two-judge bench of the high court directed the petitioners, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif, to approach an election tribunal to have their grievances redressed.

The court, meanwhile, directed the tribunal to decide requests for vote recount within a month after its formation.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will now notify the winning candidates whose victory notifications were withheld on the directives of the SHC.

Earlier on Tuesday, the bench ordered the electoral body not to issue Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda’s victory notification in NA-249 on a petition filed by Shehbaz Sharif.

Faisal Vawda won the election against the PML-N leader from the National Assembly constituency in Karachi by securing 35,344 votes against 34,626 votes of his rival.

In his petition filed on Tuesday, the former chief minister Punjab had requested the court to orderĀ a vote recount in this constituency.

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