NA-131: Vote recount underway on Saad Rafique’s request

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 10, 2018

He had contested and won from five constituencies.

Besides these three major parties, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan won 13 seats, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan six seats, Pakistan Muslim League and Balochistan Awami Party four seats each, Balochistan National Party and Grand Democratic Alliance two seats each, Awami Muslim League Pakistan, Awami National Party, Jamhoori Wattan Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaniat one seat each. Rafique alleged that the presiding officer deliberately rejected hundreds of votes, according to Geo News.

As the party again gained majority in the KP Assembly after July 25 polls, it held consultative sessions at chairman Imran Khan's residence in Bani Gala attended by large number of party workers and prospective candidates. But the Supreme Court suspended the Lahore High Court's order to re-tabulate results and accepted Khan's petition against the ruling.

Rafique, after losing the recount, appealed the election commission to recount all votes cast in the constituency. On Tuesday, the Election Commission had notified the final results of the general election, but withheld results of nine national and 17 provincial assembly seats.

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Soon after the Supreme Court verdict, Imran Khan's lawyer Babar Awan wrote to the ECP, requesting the commission to issue the notification of the PTI chief's victory in NA-131 Lahore and NA-53 Islamabad, Dawn newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, Mr Rafique took to Twitter today to condemn the Supreme Court's decision to halt the recount.

The PML-N leader said Imran's victory had been earlier pronounced by a lead of 680 votes.

"The Election Act 2017 has been completely disregarded". The high court had also ordered the ECP to withhold Imran Khan's victory notification for NA-131.

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