Election tribunal rejects PTI’s plea in NA-118 rigging case

Justice Rasheed Qamar upholds election of PML-N MNA Malik Muhammad Riaz from NA-118, Lahore


Web Desk November 25, 2015
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An election tribunal rejected on Wednesday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Hamid Khan’s plea against rigging in NA-118 constituency of Lahore during the 2013 general elections.

According to Express News, Justice Rasheed Qamar upheld the election of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Malik Muhammad Riaz from NA-118 Lahore and dismissed the application filed by the PTI candidate.

“This is a victory for truth and democracy and has endorsed the win of PML-N in 2013 polls,” PML-N’s Malik Muhammad Riaz said while talking to media.

NA-118 inquiry: NADRA inspection reveals irregularities

PTI’s Hamid Khan said his party had expressed its reservations over the change of judge in the case but they were never addressed.

“The extent of rigging in my constituency was higher than any other constituency yet the verdict came out against me,” he claimed.

The PML-N’s candidate had secured 103,346 votes while the PTI’s candidate managed to secure only 43,000 votes.

Earlier in June, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) reported election record of five NA-118 polling stations was missing.The finding was part of a pre-scan report submitted to the election tribunal headed by judge Kazim Ali Malik.

According to the NADRA report, unused counterfoils were missing from the election record of polling station number 235. Counterfoils for ballots that were not issued were also found from the record of 22 polling stations.

PTI files petition in Supreme Court against rigging in NA-118

The PTI had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the alleged tampering of polled votes from NA-118, Lahore during 2013 polls.

The counsel had requested the court to ensure the ballot boxes from four constituencies involved in the rigging controversy remained in NADRA’s custody.

COMMENTS (9)

H Chaudhry | 5 years ago | Reply @Zain so did you ask personally to all these thousands and thousands of voters that they are PTI voters? Was there some sort of mark on them that enlightened you ?
Adnan Siddiqi | 5 years ago | Reply @Zain: Therein lies the contradiction. You say in the opening line of your post that you did not vote for "Any of these parties" but yet you every "boot" queued with millions of PTI supporters and very few with PML-N voters. Now may I ask how did you come up with this observation when according to you you did not even bother to walk to your nearest polling station to cast your vote. On top of that you are swearing? The polling lasts from 8 in the morning until 5:30 in the evening and according to you, for the straight 9 hours every booth was lined up with PTI supporters. How exactly did you see all of this when you did not even go to the polling station to cast your vote? How have your ascertained that my priorities are any different from yours? @Ishrat Salim, Niazi should thank his lucky stars that this decision came against his fan club. Had new elections been called in NA-118....well you know what would have happened. After NA-122 and a mother of all walloping, I doubted that PTI is any position to take part in any election.
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