Post-election dilemma: Notices issued on plea challenging PS-21 results

Petitioner claims he was’nt informed of the recounting of votes.


Our Correspondent July 06, 2013
On request of the rival candidate, the returning officer ordered recounting of votes on 22 polling stations. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI:


The Sindh High Court has issued notices to the election commission and others on a petition challenging results of the Sindh Assembly seat PS-21, Naushero Feroze-III, Kandiaro.


Syed Akbar Ali Shah, a candidate of the National Peoples Party, had challenged the results after losing to PPP’s Syed Sarfaraz Hussain Shah by nine votes. He claimed to have secured 29,997 votes in the election but the concerned returning officer declared his rival as the winner with 30,006 votes. Syed Akbar argued that before the consolidation of results, there was a difference of 270 votes cast in favour of the two candidates. On request of the rival candidate, the returning officer ordered recounting of votes on 22 polling stations. The petitioner alleged that he was not informed about the recount through which he lost the election.



He asked the court to declare ECP’s notification of Syed Sarfaraz’s victory as illegal and restrain the respondent candidate from performing his duties. Headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, the bench issued notices on Friday to the ECP, district returning officer, returning officer PS-21 and Syed Sarfaraz for July 10.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2013.

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