Ayaz’s plea rejected: Tribunal orders vote recount, verification in NA-122

08:47 AM | 6 Dec, 2014
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LAHORE:

Accepting PTI chairman Imran Khan’s plea to vote thumbs verification, an election tribunal ordered for opening the ballot bags in constituency NA-122 to investigate allegations of rigging.

Election tribunal judge, Kazim Ali Malik dismissed National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq’s request to against opening the bags.

A single-member commission directed NADRA to verify the voters thumbs impression, and ordered to check the records after opening the ballot bags in NA-122 and PA-147. The commission also ordered to verify the results by analyzing form 14, 15 and 16 submitted to the elections commission of Pakistan by the various polling officers.

The election tribunal, during its proceedings/hearing on November 29, had requested PTI chairman to appear before the tribunal to record his statement. More than 15 witnesses had earlier appeared before the tribunal and recorded their statements.

The election tribunal, during its proceedings/hearing on November 29, had requested PTI chairman to appear before the tribunal to record his statement. More than 15 witnesses had earlier appeared before the tribunal and recorded their statements.

NA-122 is one of the four constituencies where the PTI had sought a recount and verification of voters’ thumb impressions. Mr Sadiq had defeated Mr Khan in the 2013 general elections and the PTI challenged the results.

On Saturday PTI submitted a report to the tribunal carried evidences against Speaker National Assembly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq. On the basis of these evidences, the tribunal ordered verification of votes in NA-122.

PTI chairman earlier had expressed hope the evidence they provided to the tribunal was enough to prove their stance on rigging. Imran said that opening ballot bags would reveal what they say massive rigging in General Elections 2013.

‘If I were in the position of Ayaz, then should have allowed recounting without interfering the process”, he said. “He should have not been worried or required to hide behind the court’s stay orders if he was innocent and won the election transparently”, he underscored.

“I will open any constituency from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province immediately following any party’s requisition”, he said.

Talking to media before his departure from Islamabad, PTI chairman said that General Elections 2013 were rigged massively and the probe into its legitimacy was essential for fair and transparent polls in future.

“Almost all parties’ terms that rigging has occurred amid polls”, he said adding that even those who were victorious viewed that rigging had taken place.

“I hope the tribunal will ensure provision of justice”, he said.