Tribunal throws out petition challenging NA-200 electionSeptember 25, 2014
KARACHI: Karachi election tribunal on Wednesday threw out a petition challenging election to the National Assembly constituency (NA-200) in Ghotki district won by Pakistan People Party (PPP) candidate.
Former SHC Judge Zafar Ahmed Khan Sherwani, presiding officer of the tribunal said the petitioner’s lawyer has failed to prove that at the given 69 polling stations rigging had been committed during the polls or the election laws have not been complied with.
Ali Gohar Khan Mahar had won the national assembly seat by securing 86,579 votes, defeating the runner-up Khalid Khan Lund, who had begged 76,615 votes as an independent candidate.
Khalid approached the election tribunal challenging the PPP candidate’s victory by alleging him of massive rigging in the polls.
The election tribunal while allowing petitioner’s request had ordered the Nadra to carry out verification of the ballots polled at 69 polling stations in the constituency.
Counsel representing Khalid submitted that according to the Nadra report out of the total 42776 ballots polled at 69 polling stations, only 12647 counterfoils could be proven, whereas the remaining 30129 remained unverified for different reasons.
Therefore, he pleaded that the whole election is required to be declared as void as under Section 70(a) of the Representation of Peoples Act 1976 as it has been materially affected by failure of a person to comply with the provisions of the Act or rules. Or, there is a prevalence of extensive corrupt or illegal practices at the election.
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