Petition challenging PS-32 election dismissed

KARACHI: Election Tribunal Karachi on Monday threw out the election petition challenging polls to provincial assembly constituency Khairpur (PS-32) won by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Manzoor Wasan.

The tribunal headed by former judge of Sindh High Court Zafar Ahmed Sherwani, dismissed the petition observing that petitioner could not furnish concrete evidence to corroborate his allegations of massive rigging in the provincial assembly constituency during the general elections 2013.

Pakistan Muslim League-Functional’s (PML-F) defeated candidate Shah Nawaz Talpur had challenged election results of the constituency won by PPP leader Manzoor Wasan, alleging that he gained victory in PS-32 Khairpur through massive rigging.

PPP candidate had received 43,428 votes and was declared winner on provincial assembly seat (PS-32) in Khairpur.

Earlier, Nadra had verified the thumb impressions on ballots cast at polling stations of PS-32 and submitted its report. It stated that a total of 61,307 counterfoils were sent to Nadra for verification, out of which 28,295 ballots were successfully authenticated as the finger prints affixed on the counterfoils at the time of issuance of ballot paper correctly matched with the finger print data of registered voters.

The report stated that the thumb impression on 22,525 ballots could not be compared or matched through Nadra system because the fingers prints were of very poor quality. It said that 10,239 ballot papers could not be verified due to numerous reasons.

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