NA-249 by-election: Miftah Ismail writes to CEC seeking vote recount

NA-249 by-election: Miftah Ismail writes to CEC seeking vote recount

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Karachi:Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Miftah Ismail has penned a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding a recount of votes cast in the NA-249 Karachi by-election.

In his letter, Miftah Ismail has stated that the results from more than 30 polling stations have not been received. He has also expressed serious reservations regarding the attitude of some presiding officers.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has also demand a recount, saying that as per law, a recount is possible if difference of votes is less than 5%. Shehbaz said he hoped the Chief Election Commissioner will ensure the requirements of the constitution and transparency are met.

On Friday, Miftah Ismail submitted three written petitions to the returning officer of NA-249 constituency, in which he has demanded a recount and sought details from the Election Commission.

In his petitions, Miftah Ismail demanded a forensic audit of 15 polling stations in the constituency as well as verification of voters’ fingerprints. Miftah Ismail and PTI leader Amjad Afridi’s pleas seeking a recount were rejected by the Returning Officer on Saturday.

These petitions are the result of PPP’s victory in the NA-249 by-election on Thursday. Its candidate Qadir Khan Mandokhel received 16,156 votes, while Miftah Ismail followed with 15,473 votes.

The DRO Nadeem Haider appointed by the Election Commission announced the results of the election, saying that the election was peaceful and law enforcement agencies were still active. He announced that the voter turnout rate in the election was 21.64%.

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