ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken suo motu notice of the rejection by returning officer of a plea of the candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for PP-150 constituency for a vote recount.
In an order released on Monday, the ECP issued notices to contesting candidates for Wednesday.
Mian Marghoob Ahmad of the PML-N was declared winner from the Lahore constituency in the Aug 22 by-elections. Mehr Wajid Azeem of the PTI had filed an application, alleging irregularities and violation of rules by the election staff. But, the returning officer concerned dismissed the application on Friday.
“The commission headed by acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani and comprising four retired judges — one each from all the provinces — passed orders after examining the order passed by the Returning officer rejecting the application of Mehr Wajid Azeem — candidate of PTI seeking recount in PP-150 (Lahore) alleging serious irregularities,” the order said. “In first part of the order, the Returning Officer has taken note of all the allegations made and arguments advanced by the counsel for both applicant and the respondent, but surprisingly while dismissing the application the Returning Officer prima facie has not attended to all those allegations.”