PS-62 polls: SHC issues notice against tribunal order

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday issued notice to secretary ministry of parliamentary affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan and other respondents on a petition challenging an order of Election Tribunal Hyderabad regarding recounting of votes polled in 41 polling stations of PS-62 constituency won by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate.

The petitioner Arbab Anwar Jabbar submitted that PPP candidate Makhdoom Kaliq-uz-Zaman was declared returned candidate on provincial assembly seat (PS-62) in Tharparkar. He alleged that massive irregularities were committed during the polls in various polling stations of PS-62, with bogus voting in constituency.

The petitioner represented by advocate Rashed A Rizvi told two-judge bench that in light of irregularities in polls he filed petition in election tribunal requesting it to order recounting of the votes in provincial assembly constituency but the same was dismissed by the tribunal on 19 December 2013.

He said that tribunal failed to appreciate the facts submitted by his counsel and passed impugned order without giving due consideration to his submission. He requested the court to declare as illegal the order of election tribunal and set aside impugned order.

The petitioner cited secretary ministry of parliamentary affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan, PPP winning candidate Makhdoom Kalil-uz-Zaman and other 13 candidates as respondents.

After hearing initial arguments, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notice to respondents and adjourned the hearing till March 25.

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