KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday suspended the operation of an order of Sukkur Election Tribunal for recounting and rechecking of votes cast in seven polling stations of National Assembly (NA-202) constituency in Shikarpur won by Pakistan Peoples’ Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) candidate.
A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan gave this interim order while hearing a petition filed by PPP lawmaker Aftab Shaban Mirani, who moved the court assailing an order of Election Tribunal.
The court issued notice to respondents – Election Commission of Pakistan, rival Pakistan Muslim League-N candidate Dr Ibrahim Jatoi and presiding officer of the returning officer of NA-202 to file comments by July 16.
Farooq H Naik, counsel for petitioner, submitted that Mirani was declared successful candidate by ECP after re-polling on 21 polling stations of the constituency.
He said that PML-N candidate filed a complaint with ECP requesting it to recheck and recount the votes cast in seven polling stations of NA-202 constituency, which was allowed by election tribunal on June 06 while it also ordered recounting of rejected votes.
He said that he was dissatisfied at the tribunal judgment as it was against the election laws, adding that the impugned order was mala fide, illegal and in violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution.
He requested the court to overturn the order of election tribunal.
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