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ECP Orders Recounting In NA-249 By-polls

Islamabad: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday ordered recounting in the NA-249 by-poll after hearing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Miftah Ismail plea for recounting in the by-election which was held on April 29th of previous month.

According to the ECP, recounting will be held on May 6 at 9 am morning while the election body has directed all the parties which took part in the election to reach Returning Officer Office on Thursday at nine am for recounting of votes.

Earlier today, the ECP had reserved the verdict after hearing of the PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail while the ECP heard all the parties in the matter and issued order of recounting today.

The ECP had started the hearing on May 3 yesterday.

The PML-N lawyer adopted the stance that a separate petition will be filed for re-polling in the constituency. Vote recount is our first priority however, we can take further step if not get satisfied, he added.

He said that unverified forms 45 and 46 have made the election suspicious. Form 45 of 167 polling stations was without signatures while some polling agents also didn’t get form 46, he told.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won the by-election in the National Assembly constituency NA-249 Karachi West-II.

According to unofficial results of all 276 polling stations, PPP candidate Qadir Khan Mandokhel secured 16,156 votes to win the NA-249 Karachi West-II by-election. PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail got 15,473 votes to remain second.

Nazir Ahmed grabbed 11,126 votes and came third. Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal got 9,227 votes to remain fourth. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Amjad Afridi secured fifth position by obtaining 8,922 votes.