Poll rigging: PTI’s Haripur MNA suspended

Election tribunal orders re-election on seven polling stations of NA-19.

Our Correspondent January 01, 2014
File photo of an elderly person casting his vote in Haripur on May 11, 2013. PHOTO: PID

ABBOTABAD: The Election Tribunal Abbottabad suspended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Dr Raja Amir Zaman’s assembly membership on charges of rigging on Tuesday and ordered re-elections on seven polling stations of NA-19 Haripur.

Dr Zaman defeated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Gohar Ayub in the general elections, who later challenged the results. Dr Zaman emerged as the winner after the recount on all 437 stations of the constituency.

Ayub, however, moved the Supreme Court and sought a re-election. According to his petition, several polling bags did not have relevant voters list or counterfoils of ballot papers; indicative of rigging.

The apex court referred the case to the election tribunal which then suspended Dr Zaman’s membership and ordered a re-election on polling stations Alloli, Mamrial, Bagra Number 2, Kalinjar, Ghazi Hamlet and two polling stations of Khalabat Township.

Dr Zaman had defeated Ayub from these polling stations with a heavy margin.

The tribunal headed by Ziauddin Khattak also dismissed a petition filed by Shahid Amin Khan, a former union nazim, who sought Dr Zaman’s disqualification on the basis of concealment of assets and non-payment of taxes.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2014.

Correction: Due to an editing error, Gohar Ayub's name was written incorrectly. The error has been fixed.


rehmatullah | 10 years ago | Reply

his excellency Mian Nawaz Sahreef P.M is humbly requested to take appropriate action on price hike and energy crisis.


waheed | 10 years ago | Reply

Its over Raja Amir Zaman not over PTI or Great Khan , other side rigging over PML (n ) or over Shahbaz sharif and Nawaz Sharif and over their silence not to verification of thumb impression. Dear Brothers all have the equal rights if PML gets more votes from peoples of pakistan , he have to rule , if PTI gets then its their right, no one has authority to steel the mandate of people of pakistan. if peoples of Haripur voted for Omer Ayoub , we have to respect their vote, PTI will punish Raja Amir Zaman for his rigging if founded.

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