KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday suspended an order of the election tribunal Hyderabad regarding verification of thumb impressions on votes cast at polling stations of National Assembly-236 (NA-236) constituency in Sanghar, which was won by Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) candidate.
Larger bench of SHC headed by Justice Muneeb Akhtar once again directed respondents- Election Commission of Pakistan, presiding officer election tribunal Hyderabad and rival candidate Imamuddin Junejo – to furnish their comments and adjourned the hearing of case to December 10.
The petitioner Roshan-ud-Din Junejo, belonging to PPP, submitted that he contested general elections on 11th May 2013 from NA-236 constituency in Sanghar and was declared returned candidate by ECP after securing 1,00,906 votes.
He said that his rival candidate Imamuddin Junejo, who could get 85532 votes and lost seat to him with margin of 15374 votes, challenged the elections results of constituency and pleaded the ECP to order for verification of thumb impressions of votes.
The petitioner stated that election tribunal allowed rival candidate’s petition on November 13 and ordered Nadra for verification of thumb impressions on ballots. He argued that he also filed a application in tribunal, pleading the court to dismiss the election petition against him on the grounds that petitioner had not fulfilled the legal requirements and have not produced any evidence regarding rigging in the tribunal but tribunal allowed the petition of his rival candidate.
He prayed the court to declare order passed by tribunal for verification of thumb impressions unconstitutional and restrain Nadra from verification of thumb impressions on votes cast at polling stations of constituency.