Election Tribunal dismisses PTI’s petition against NA-122

LAHORE: An election tribunal in Lahore has dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Aleem Khan’s petition against rigging in by-elections in NA-122 (Lahore) and declared it non-maintainable.

He had alleged that 30,000 votes were shifted from his constituency while Nadra had the record of only 7,000 votes. He said that the election was rigged and that the mandate of the public was stolen.

Aleem Khan, PTI leader, who had the lost by-election in the constituency, had filed the petition and challenged the polls in the election tribunal in Lahore.

National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq was re-elected from the NA-122 seat in the by-elections in October last year after being earlier de-seated by an election tribunal in August when it nullified his election in the 2013 general elections.

Aleem Khan had pleaded the tribunal to set aside the election and announce re-election in the constituency.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan filed a petition with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) challenging the results of the NA-122 by-election held in October.

National Assembly (NA) Speaker and PML-N leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who contested the NA-122 by-election against Aleem Khan in October, reclaimed the ‘Takht-i-Lahore’, from which he had been de-seated by an election tribunal in August this year.

The tribunal’s decision followed a petition submitted by PTI Chairman Imran Khan who had challenged the 2013 election result on grounds of rigging.

A PTI press release says that between the 2013 general election and Oct 2015, 30,500 voters were added, transferred, or deleted from electoral rolls in the constituency.

During this time period, the party says, only 7,000 new voters came of age and were automatically recorded. Of the remaining 23,000 voters, the records of only 812 voters were provided to the PTI by the ECP.

Aleem Khan claimed NADRA had not given the party any record despite being approached twice.

The party said the ECP, under the 1974 Electoral Rules Act should take suo motu notice, dismissing the results of the by poll and ordering an inquiry into the incident.

Ayaz Sadiq had challenged the election tribunal’s decision to de-seat him in the Supreme Court on grounds that the election tribunal’s impugned order was against facts and relevant laws.

His party had decided to contest the NA-122 by poll in October in light of the election tribunal’s order.

Last year, Punjab election commission’s tribunal ordered re-polling in National Assembly constituency, NA-122, declaring the election in the constituency null and void accepting Imran Khan’s petition challenging the 2013 election result.