ECP withholds notification of Shaukat Yousafzai's victory

02:20 PM | 7 Aug, 2018
ECP withholds notification of Shaukat Yousafzai's victory
ISLAMABAD -  The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has withheld the notification regarding the victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Shaukat Yousafzai.

The order came on Tuesday after the Chief Election Commissioner, Justice (retd) Sardar Mahmood Raza headed a five-member commission and discussed the low female voter turn-out in PK-23, Shangla constituency from where Yousafzai had won during the July 25 polls.

During the meeting, neither the petitioner nor the winning candidate appeared before the commission owing to which the five members decided to withhold the notification in another blow to the party that had lost a provincial seat owing to vote recount in PK-70.

Seeking a reply from Yousafzai in the case, the commission adjourned the hearing till August 13.

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PTI's central leader from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Yousafzai had won from PK-23, Shangla with 17,399 votes in the 2018 General Election.

According to the ECP data, 86,698 women were registered to vote in the constituency, however, only 3,505 women cast their votes in violation of ECP regulations.

Ahead of the elections, the electoral body had declared that results of any constituency would be declared invalid if the female turnout would be lower than 10 percent.

Earlier today, the ECP said it will notify newly-elected members of the national and provincial assemblies.