Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has accepted the request of Miftah Ismail of PML-N to recount the votes in the NA-249 by-election in Karachi. In view of this development, the ECP also ordered the retention of the final result of the by-election.
The Election Committee will hear a petition from the leaders of PML-N on May 4. In this regard, ECP has issued notices to all candidates.
Earlier, the PML-N leader requested that the number of votes cast in the NA-249 Karachi by-election be recalculated. Miftah Ismail has written to the Chief Election Commissioner, stating that the results of more than 30 polling stations have not yet been received. He also expressed serious reservations about the attitude of some hosts.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif also asked for a recount. He said that according to the law, if the difference in the number of votes is less than 5%, the vote can be recounted. Shebaz said he hopes that the chief election commissioner will ensure that the constitutional and transparency requirements are met.
Meanwhile, former prime minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said at a press conference on Saturday that the elections in Karachi are more controversial than those in Daskar.
He said that if the election is not transparent, it will cause problems. Abbas said that based on the data they received, PML-N has a higher number of votes, and recounting is the only way to correct irregularities in the results.