PP-150 recount: PML-N candidate Mian Marghoob wins, PTI rejects result

Published: September 4, 2013
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PTI candidate Mehar Wajid Azeem is placed second with 16,566 votes. PHOTO: AFP

PTI candidate Mehar Wajid Azeem is placed second with 16,566 votes. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Mian Marghoob Ahmad of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) won the seat in PP-150 Lahore XIV according to unofficial results of the recount, Express News reported on Wednesday.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaaf (PTI) has rejected the results of the recount in this constituency yet again, despite the fact that Returning Officer, Javed Iqbal Warraich supervised the recount in the presence of the two candidates.

Ahmad secured 18,526 votes while PTI candidate Mehar Wajid Azeem came in second with 18,074 votes.

After a neck-and-neck contest in the August 22 by-elections, PML-N’s Ahmad was declared the winner with a close margin of 374 votes from the runners up, PTI’s Azeem.

Azeem challenged the result in the courts, alleging irregularities at some polling stations.

The Election Commission later ordered a recount on August 29.
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  • Uza Syed
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:20PM

    And what now, tch, tch, tch!

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  • Hammad
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Now Imran Khan and his fans will go from cursing the election commission to cursing the voters and calling them stupid.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:31PM

    the difference is increasing with every count. PTI should accept this and stop hereRecommend

  • Sep 4, 2013 - 3:43PM

    LOL… Shame on PTI yaar… what are their excuses now?? please PTI start work for the country and people and come out of Fairy Tales and sweet dreams. Shame on IK for wasting time and money of the country on recounting of the poll. Now PTI and IK owe and APOLOGY to PMLN.

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  • Xnain
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Time for the “dhandli hue,dhandli hue” saga again…….:)

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  • OMG
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:45PM

    LOL, this is a farce.

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  • Hopeful
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:47PM

    18,526 – 18,074 = 452 votes PMLN won by. And the number of rejected votes = 452? Does that mean if those votes werent rejected, it would be a tie?

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  • Arsie
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:48PM

    Its about time Imran Khan abandon his rigging claims and start working. We’ve had enough of these rigging accusations. Pml n was and still is the most popular party in Pakistan. Accept it, the sooner the better.

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  • Aysha M
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:48PM

    Can sombody announce that PTI got 432 seats in the NA and Pakistan now has a 63 year, old leader of the youth as PM. They just mightaccept the result

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  • aaaaa
    Sep 4, 2013 - 3:54PM

    of course it does. how utterly predictable. perhaps they should turn their attention towards running KP now that their allegations have proved false yet again.

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  • Umair
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:00PM

    Shame on you PTI :)

    You will never win if you never accept you defeat!

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  • Sep 4, 2013 - 4:02PM

    PTI should accept the defeat in PP-150 Lahore against PML-N. They had demanded vote recount and are proved to lost again. Hope that they will not protest now.

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  • RB Mian
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:08PM

    This result was already known after the news that
    “Bags of ballet papers from 25 polling stations were missing and found 3 days later”.

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  • Raveem Zafar Choudhry
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:16PM

    Atleast 40 out of 147 polling stations PP150 don’t have stamps and signatures of polling staff on ballot papers,is this a fair election?

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  • Zahoor
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:16PM

    I am sure now PTI will demand re-election. They don’t know how to accept defeat with honor yet. One can hope they will learn in the process.

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  • T Khan
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:21PM

    They lost again? Sharamnak indeed!

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  • Abbas
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:21PM

    I am very disappointed with the way IK has acted after the election. Where is the sportsmans spirit? He has also started lieing blatantly. After NA71 election he said how come 80% votes can be polled whereas only 45% were polled.

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  • Azfar Rashid
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:23PM

    And what can pti do now whine like a baby :D hahahhahhahahhahahhaha

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  • FACT
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:23PM

    I believe PTI lost this seat twice. The impact on the PTI’s reputation is also double folded. As expected, they will and should continue their hue and cry, if they stop doing that than as an ordinary Pakistani I have misunderstood that.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:25PM

    Just wait for another round of protest on Mall Road and a demand that the re re count should either be administered by the Electoral Commission of UK or Zac Goldsmith :-p

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  • A2Z
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:25PM

    18,074(PTI Votes) + 452(Rejected Votes) = 18,526(PML-N Votes)…..Interesting :)

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  • Rana
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Stop this nonsense now!!

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  • Nouman
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:27PM

    I lived in PP-150 and I know ground realities. Bravo for PTI to give such a tough competition but It is almost impossible to beat PML-N in this area (NA-121, PP150), this area belongs to PML-N, so PTI should accept results and move on

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  • Sayed Aasim
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Even if the rejected votes were added to PTI, they would have won with only 2 VOTES, but they are spoiled kids, who cannot accept defeat whole heartily………..

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  • sabi
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:30PM

    @Uza Syed:
    And what now, tch, tch, tch!
    To continue working with old salary.

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  • Maryam
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:31PM

    hahahaha…..
    Dear PTI, This calls for a dharna , protesting against dhandli etc etc… come on take over the roads… :)

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  • mak
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:34PM

    quite ironic – the difference of votes is 452 (18,526 vs 18,074) while the votes rejected were 452 as well. A strange coincidence but i am not alluding to anything, could be just a coincidence!!

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  • Aamer Khawaja
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Omg now PTI wants a repoll, there is a limit to how much someone can whine & probably IK is a clear winner in whinning

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  • Aalu
    Sep 4, 2013 - 4:43PM

    Common ET you can add my comment this time. No use for protesting…..they want PTI also to start rigging instead of protesting. Why does not any one tell me about the 2 poll bags discovered by ECP in the re-count? Poora nizam hi corrupt hai.Recommend

  • Usman
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:06PM

    First PTI blamed that no stamp votes has also been casted but now they said that they may won with the rejected votes. Isn’t this the dual statement?

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  • pakistani
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:10PM

    Now IK should come himself and count all votes by his own hands, and add all rejected votes to PTI candidate’s tally. And after that curse the voters of PP150, because the rejected the tabdili, which is very much visible in KPK.

    PTI trolls again blame people of punjab for every wrong this nation faces.

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  • Maryam
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:24PM

    @Hopeful: and what makes you think rejected votes were for PTI… stop the drama , pleaseeeee its a humble request..!!!

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  • Cheeko Beeko
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:31PM

    On May 11, 2013 general election, Imran Khan was very much hopeful that PTI will sweep in all over Pakistan, but this did not happened and PML(N) won the general election.

    It was a matter of over confidence, but the reality is far from imagination.

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  • Mohtashim
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:32PM

    @Hopeful:
    Well theoretically yes but only if those votes were cast for the PTI candidate for all we know it may be that all 452 votes were originally cast in favour of PML (N) or other candidates. It would have probably been good for the election to clarify this

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  • OK
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:39PM

    It is good that PTI lost. Now its time to raise energy prices!!

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:45PM

    At first, it was PPP and PML-N who were corrupt. After May 11th, it was PML-N and ECP which were corrupt. Now, PML-N and the “Whole Nizam” is corrupt. The only saints left are PTI, JI, PPP and PML-Q who are all aligned together to contest the Punjab Local Body polls against PML-N and the “Whole Nizam.” :D

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  • Azmat Ali
    Sep 4, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Now IK should apologise as he said before the recount…..

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  • FACT
    Sep 4, 2013 - 6:07PM

    @Mohtashim:
    Those votes are rejected, where a stamp overlaps more than one party sign. furthermore, some times, voters dont stamp the ballot paper at all. These votes are rejected, once both candidates agree that it is impossible to determine, in whose favour votes have been casted. So point to be be noted is that rejected votes are those votes, which are approved by both parties as rejected.

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  • Kaleem
    Sep 4, 2013 - 6:19PM

    A big round of applause for those who still think all 452 rejected votes were cast in favor of PTI :) Guys please!

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  • Irfan Nazeer
    Sep 4, 2013 - 6:38PM

    What a landslide victory for the N League!!!! Sharif should be ashamed of winning by this margin. It speaks volume of things to come in future.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Sep 4, 2013 - 6:45PM

    @Arsie:
    correction. Most popular party in one province only.

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  • ali ahmed
    Sep 4, 2013 - 7:06PM

    like Jamat-e-islami. PTI will not accept the result of recounting..they think both are God chosen party to rule pakistan

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  • Sep 4, 2013 - 7:46PM

    O come on! PTI has again rejected the result after recount in PP-150. Where is the sportsman spirit of Imran Khan? Too much by the party claiming to be the Movement for Justice :)

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 4, 2013 - 8:22PM

    Same result as before whats the difference what was the hue and cry for

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  • Sep 4, 2013 - 9:10PM

    No international team is coming to Pakistan , so let’s play ” rigging rigging ” or shall I say ” dhandli dhanli “.

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  • Muslim League
    Sep 4, 2013 - 9:35PM

    The glaring fact that the lead of PMLN candidate has further increased in recount is a testament that PMLN is the most popular political party of Pakistan and PTI is nothing more than a cry baby!!
    PTI’s candidate must apologize the public for wasting precious time of the people/media and wasting taxpayer’s money. The entire cost of recounting must be recovered from the losers.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 4, 2013 - 9:38PM

    If IK was running a funeral parlor, folks would stop dying – Famous dialogue by Michael Douglas uttered in “Wall Street.”

    This is how much of a bad luck IK is these days that whatever he touches turns into dust.

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  • MAC
    Sep 4, 2013 - 9:43PM

    For a sportsman, Khan sb has remarkably little in terms of sportsman spirit. This is now reflected in PTIs approach to problems and setbacks. Khan sb is basically a mediocre leader masquerading as a founding father.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 4, 2013 - 10:04PM

    There is expression of false alarm otherwise called as Cry Wolf. In the case of trolls and sheep herd followers of Deen-e-Imrani, its Cry Shair! :D

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 4, 2013 - 10:08PM

    @MAC:

    Yeah, founding father of Republic of Facebook that is.

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  • xyz
    Sep 4, 2013 - 11:18PM

    recount after 12 days and pmln will let u win.u living in fool’s paradise .PMLN is master of rigging

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  • himayoun
    Sep 4, 2013 - 11:34PM

    its to my dismay and surprise that how people here r in directly abusing IK the great who is responsible for showing right direction to these political mafias.its only IK who made even PLMN to work hard to compete…but unfortunately corrupt people cant defeat corruption ,hence here they can’t. compete with great khan.regarding pp150 plmn cud go to any extent to win because they r scared of defeat thats y they rely on illiterate mob and corrupt practices.don’t forget IGI IN 1992

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  • np
    Sep 5, 2013 - 12:07AM

    @Hopeful: “18,526 – 18,074 = 452 votes PMLN won by. And the number of rejected votes = 452? Does that mean if those votes werent rejected, it would be a tie?”

    You are assuming that all rejected votes would go to PTI. What is the basis of that assumption?Recommend

  • np
    Sep 5, 2013 - 12:10AM

    @Raveem Zafar Choudhry: “Atleast 40 out of 147 polling stations PP150 don’t have stamps and signatures of polling staff on ballot papers,is this a fair election?

    All Imran was asking was a recount. HE got that. Now it’s something else. Constant bait and switchRecommend

  • Mohammed
    Sep 5, 2013 - 1:27AM

    Without IK, Sharif brothers would treat the PK people as complete trash but his pressure has forced them onto a better road. If you believe me just look at their history.

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  • Aunty
    Sep 5, 2013 - 10:39AM

    @Salman Saleem:
    The Empires are not neutral. So how can the sportsman spirit be there?Recommend

  • True Karachiwala
    Sep 5, 2013 - 11:02AM

    why PTI does not accept defeat and gets down to work ? Recounts, dharnas are more important issues than the ones faced by common Pakistanis ? educated voters of PTI would start leaving it very soon, if PTI persists with this policy.

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  • Muhammad
    Sep 5, 2013 - 1:40PM

    @True Karachiwala:
    PTI ko shauk nahi hai dharno ka…..But if the people know that polls have been rigged and CJ is doing absolutely nothing about it. They what option have they got…..?Recommend

  • Mukhtar
    Sep 5, 2013 - 1:42PM

    @True Karachiwala:
    PTI has an option to stop protesting. Collect funds for 5 years. Buy the RO’s and DRO’s for next election and full full time dhandli and win elections. Then PMLN will be on roads shouting Dhandli Dhandli….Recommend

  • PeaceMonger
    Sep 5, 2013 - 3:21PM

    Imran Khan thinks every election is the replay of the 1992 WC final. If he doesn’t win, he thinks it is a fraud. Just crazy.

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  • Sep 5, 2013 - 3:34PM

    @True Karachiwala:
    He is a sportsman but with no spirit.Untill and unless PTI does not win there is always rigging.

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  • Sep 5, 2013 - 3:39PM

    @Maryam:
    They have nothing to do expect dharnas for dhandli.This party has become a dharna party.IK is fooling it’s supporters.

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  • Sep 5, 2013 - 3:42PM

    @sabi:

    Even they are not entitled to old salary.

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  • Sep 5, 2013 - 3:46PM

    @sabi:
    Even they are not entitled to old salary

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  • Sep 5, 2013 - 3:48PM

    @Maryam:
    They have nothing to do expect dharnas for dhandli.This party has become a dharna party.IK is fooling it’s supporters.

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  • Aalu Laylo
    Sep 5, 2013 - 6:02PM

    @Tariq:
    And you are fooling us.Recommend

  • Hello
    Sep 5, 2013 - 6:03PM

    @Tariq:
    Why are you posting the same message again and again? I think it is you who is fooling us.Recommend

  • PTI
    Sep 5, 2013 - 6:05PM

    @PeaceMonger:
    As per your false claim IK says it is fraud if he does not win. You don’t know what IK said about NA-1? Do you? Imran Khan said that it was PTI mistake and mismanagement through which PTI lost NA-1 seat. Please open your mind.Recommend

  • Azad
    Sep 5, 2013 - 6:16PM

    25 Polling stations bags was missing for 3 days,at that time Marghoob became winner but officially done by ECP later.well done Khadim-e- Alla no one can beat your intelligence.even you u grab wives of high officials but still people like you.keep it up.

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  • Azad
    Sep 5, 2013 - 6:18PM

    well done Khadim-e-Alla

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 5, 2013 - 6:30PM

    @Azad:

    Your penultimate post smacks of jealousy of our Khadim-e-Alla. You keep up with such ludicrous comments that personify the myopic mindset of a quintessential troll who is seething with jealousy.

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