ECP orders recounting in NA-19 Haripur

Published: May 17, 2013

The application for recoun­ting of votes was submitted by PML-N candidate, who lost the seat to a PTI candid­ate. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

HARIPUR: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) ordered recounting of votes on the NA-19 Haripur constituency on May 22, radio.gov.pk reported Friday.

The application for recounting of votes was submitted by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Omar Ayub, who lost the seat to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidate Raja Aamer Zaman.

Zaman secured the Haripur seat with 116,579 votes, while Ayub bagged only 114,374 votes.

Earlier on Friday, MQM had demanded re-polling in all polling stations of the NA-250 constituency in Karachi.

Similarly, PTI had asked for re-polling all across Karachi and to recount votes for Lahore’s NA-122. The ECP rejected MQM’s appeal and PTI’s request for recounting.

Reader Comments (18)

  • Breaking Bad
    May 17, 2013 - 6:28PM

    Since ECP thinks there is not enough evidence of rigging to re-count NA122 there must be a real good evidence for this re-count.

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  • Barooq
    May 17, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Meray bhai the difference is small. That is why a recount was ordered on PP seat which Nisar now lost. When margin is small, it makes sense to recount. Har bat main conspiracy na ghusa lia karain

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  • Dr.X
    May 17, 2013 - 6:38PM

    So ECP has ignored the constant accusations by PTI of rigging (despite media evidence), but decides to accept PML-N recounts?

    We now know who’s side the ECP is on.

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  • Breaking Bad
    May 17, 2013 - 7:17PM

    @Barooq: understood so your are saying anyone who lost with close margin can request a re-count? app bhi please logical baat ko conspiracy na samajh liya karein.

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  • naeem khan
    May 17, 2013 - 7:24PM

    one more heartbreaker for PTI trolls

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  • Heisenberg
    May 17, 2013 - 7:24PM

    @Breaking Bad:
    Well, one reason could be this is a difference of just 2000 votes. In NA122 what is it? 10 or 20,000? How many ballot boxes would have to be disappeared to cause a loss by 20,000 votes?

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  • Anon
    May 17, 2013 - 7:26PM

    So it can happen here but not NA122…

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  • ahmed
    May 17, 2013 - 7:33PM

    I hope in recounting PTI is still the winner, otherwise they will start accusations

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  • PTI Supporter
    May 17, 2013 - 8:00PM

    After Sharif Courts we now have Sharif ECP

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  • aaaaa
    May 17, 2013 - 8:16PM

    @ahmed:

    apparently PTI has already lost one seat in NA – 68 vehari on a recount to PMLN’s candidate. That contest was also very close, and thus the recount. Although that news isnt being widely reported so don’t know what to make of it just yet.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2013/05/17/news/national/ptis-ishaq-khakwani-loses-after-re-count/

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  • JD
    May 17, 2013 - 8:28PM

    Pakistan could learn a lot from Brazil that has been using electronic voting system for more than a decade.

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  • rameez
    May 17, 2013 - 8:59PM

    @JD: you do realize that most of brazil can actually read and write and therefore majority of public can use e voting system.

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  • Barooq
    May 17, 2013 - 9:10PM

    @Breakingbad.
    Yes, when margin is close ECP an agree to recount. As counting is done by people, human error element can’t be ignored. Vehari is my halka btw, and again the margin was very close. PMLN had won the seat and PTI requested a recount, which was granted but after recount PTI still lost.
    Any lead above 7000 etc you have to provide some tangible evidence for recount. Its not rocket science, its simple logic.

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  • Ishrat Hussain
    May 17, 2013 - 9:14PM

    @Breaking Bad:
    because it was lost by their friends

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 17, 2013 - 9:23PM

    How about Bharat? The entire population of Bharat is not literate? They are successfully using e-voting.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 17, 2013 - 10:05PM

    Because in Haripur interest of PML (N) is involved?

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  • Arbab
    May 17, 2013 - 11:01PM

    Reservations, doubts and challenges to the results in a number of seats notwithstanding, all the parties should emulate the example set by the PPP and ANP in accepting the mandate of the people even when it went against them. This is the true democratic spirit. The more gracefully all parties handle themselves in the aftermath of the elections, the smoother will be the task of government formation, and the sooner will the country settle down to the real task: confronting the myriads of serious issues afflicting the country. We hope the political parties will live up to the expectations of the people in this regard and behave with exemplary maturity and in a true democratic spirit.

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  • uet
    May 18, 2013 - 12:19AM

    Evidence was vote difference, on Ballot count form given to every polling agent at every polling station signed and sealed by every polling agent, and results announced on these polling stations by District returning officer.

    Evidence was clear and sound enough to proceed further.

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