ECP dismisses PTI plea against NA-122 election results

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan’s plea to declare by-elections in NA-122 Lahore void.

However, the commission accepted the petition to grant access to Aleem Khan of the record of the votes. Aleem Khan was given access to the record of the votes under Article 19A.

The ECP bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan announced the judgment reserved on January 19 in the case of transfer of votes in NA-122. The judgment further said that Aleem Khan can move the Election Tribunal against the verdict.

The ECP reserved the right to take action against Aleem Khan for submitting fake affidavits of some voters, it added. According to sources privy to the matter, all affidavits submitted by Aleem Khan belonged to voters from Dir and Swat. PTI leader Aleem Khan had filed petition in connection with alleged shifting of votes from NA-122.

He had alleged that 30,000 votes were shifted from his constituency while Nadra had the record of only 7,000 votes. He said that the election was rigged and that the mandate of the public was stolen.

National Assembly speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was re-elected from NA-122 seat in the by-elections in October last year after being earlier de-seated by an election tribunal in August last year when it nullified his election in the 2013 general elections.