LHC orders vote recount in PP-123, PP-177
Justice Shahid Karim passed the orders on a petition filed by runner-up Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Syed Qutab Ali Shah seeking directions for a vote recount in the constituency.
The petitioner had submitted that 128,000 votes were polled in the PP-123 constituency during the election held on July 25. He submitted that 4500 votes were rejected without any valid reason whereas the respondent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Sonia won with a margin of only 40 votes.
He submitted that the returning officer had rejected the application for vote recount despite such a thin victory margin. He pleaded with the court to order vote recount in the constituency.
The court after hearing arguments of parties ordered vote recount in the constituency.
Meanwhile, the bench also ordered a vote recount in PP-177 on a petition filed by runner-up PML-N candidate Ahsan Raza Khan.
The petitioner had submitted that PTI candidate Muhammad Hashim won from the constituency with a margin of 1670 votes whereas the returning officer rejected the application for vote recount despite of the thin margin. The court was requested to issue directions for vote recount in the constituency.
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