Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Tuesday that Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) order to hold recounting in NA-249 constituency will lead to scrutiny of many seats that had narrow winning margins.
“PPP welcomes new precedent set by allowing consistency [constituency] wide recount without specific ps [polling stations] complaints. Many seats from 2018 fall within 5% threshold & candidates have not been given this chance,” he wrote in a tweet from his official handle.
PPP welcomes new precedent set by allowing consistency wide recount without specific ps complaints. Many seats from 2018 fall within 5% threshold & candidates have not been given this chance. Once ECP order is out PPP will consider going to ECP for recounts in all such seats.— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) May 4, 2021
Earlier today, the ECP accepted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Miftah Ismail's plea and ordered recounting in the recently-held by-poll in Karachi’s NA-249.
Candidates have been asked to reach the office of the returning officer (RO) on May 6 for the re-count.
Bilawal reacting to the decision said his party will consider challenging results of all constituencies with low winning margin.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif welcomed the move and said the "narrow difference in votes necessitated this in the interest of transparency".
"Credibility of vote is a sure foundation of democracy.
Happy to learn that PMLN's demand for a vote recount in NA-249 has been accepted. The narrow difference in votes of the top contestants necessitated this in the interest of transparency. Credibility of vote is a sure foundation of democracy.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) May 4, 2021
ECP had ordered withholding the results of the NA-249 by-poll on Miftah Ismail’s application, who lost the election to PPP candidate Qadir Khan Mandokhel on April 29 by only 683 votes.