LAHORE (Online) – The Lahore High Court has taken notice of report about the vote of a deceased woman recently cast in a Punjab constituency during the first phase of the Local Government elections.

The high court was conducting hearings on Tuesday on petitions challenging the results of the LC polls, one of which raised the issue of reports of a deceased woman’s vote cast in Jaranwala’s Union Council 49.

“It appears that the local bodies’ election were conducted in a jungle,” remarked Justice Farrukh Irfan. “The casting of a deceased lady’s vote raises a question mark over the electoral results,” he said.

The judge remarked that it appeared that the Returning Officer was dishonest and was following his own will rather than implementing the rule of law.

The court said that the Returning Officer in Jaranwala’s UC-49 should submit on oath that he compiled the results honestly. The court also ordered recounting in Lahore’s UC-39, where the results had been challenged by the losing candidate from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Shuja Dar.