MQM decides to boycott NA-250 re-polls

Raza Haroon says the ECP's decision to hold re-elections on selective polling stations is illegal, unconstitutional.

Web Desk May 17, 2013
MQM had requested the ECP to conduct re-polling in the entire NA-250 instead on selected polling stations. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: After the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) maintained its decision to hold re-elections in selected polling stations of NA-250 on Friday, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said it will boycott the re-polling.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi, MQM leader Raza Haroon said that after the ECP rejected the MQM's request to hold re-elections in the entire NA-250 constituency instead of selected polling stations, the party was within its rights to boycott the elections.

"MQM reject's ECP's decision to conduct re-polls in only 43 polling stations."

Haroon said that the party will be raising the matter in every competent forum. "After today's meeting, when ECP rejected our request, we reject their decision."

Earlier, MQM leader Wasay Jalil told the media at a press conference on Friday evening that the party leadership in London and Karachi was currently consulting legal and constitutional experts on the matter.

"The first session of consultations has ended and once we come to decision we will announce that."

Jalil said that a decision is expected later on Friday.

Raza Haroon added that the matter was about the public's right to vote and re-enforcing the faith in voting. "The ECP should have looked at the larger interest of   the people."

"This  was a golden opportunity for the ECP to demonstrate to the people that while they could not conduct flawless elections everywhere, they could have conducted exemplary elections in NA-250."

Of their consultations, Haroon said that they are currently looking at all options.

Earlier on Friday, the ECP had rejected the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) request to conduct re-polling in the entire constituency of NA-250 Karachi.


shahab ansari | 8 years ago | Reply

To all Karachi people.I wanted Imran to win all over Pakistan but not from Karachi ,eventhough my family voted for pti,the reason is very simple.If someone get sick in your family and someone in your neighbor who u will help first.When Imran was in cricket he was'nt for karachi cricketers,Javaid Miandad's relationship is an example,finnly he is the one who brought cricket from Karachi to Lahore,since then hardly 1 or 2 cricketers in team,he is pregedious.Those who leave in clifton or defence mostly they r outsider or they do'nt need to struggle for life. THE PEOPLE OF KARACHI R GOING THROUGH SOCIAL GENOCIDE BY QUOTA SYSTEM TO DEVOLPED INTERIOR PAK.PTI AND JI DID NOT STAND BEFOR OR EVER FOR KARACHI AND U CAN TAKE IT TO THE BANK.GOODLUCK

amaan zia | 8 years ago | Reply

Everyone Become A Neutral Judge Dont be bias.. Give me your decision : 1- Is it more fair to do polling on selected polling station Or 2- Is it more fair to do polling all the polling station on NA 250.

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