The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued notice to the National Database and Registration Authority and others on a plea challenging the election tribunal’s order for verification of thumb impressions of votes polled in the NA-200 Ghotki constituency, on Wednesday.
Gohar Ali Mahar, who had won the May 11 general election from the NA-200 seat, had challenged the order passed by the election tribunal on August 1. His lawyer, Haider Waheed, said that the election tribunal had ordered NADRA to verify thumb impressions on the votes cast at the 59 polling stations of the constituency on an appeal filed by the losing candidate, Khalid Ahmed Lund.
He argued that the election tribunal had passed the order without taking into consideration the fact that Lund’s appeal for voters’ thumb impression verification was based on malafide intentions. He pleaded to the court to suspend the tribunal’s order.
Headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, the larger bench issued notice to NADRA, the election tribunal and Khalid Ahmed Lund for August 13.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2013.