NA-249 recount: PPP's Abdul Qadir Mandokhel wins again

NA-249 recount: PPP’s Abdul Qadir Mandokhel wins again


PPP has once more emerged the winner of the NA-249 by-poll, and by an even greater margin of votes after the recount ordered by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

After a recount of votes polled across all 276 stations, PPP candidate Abdul Qadir Mandokhel got 15,656 votes, whereas PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail secured 14,747, meaning a victory margin of 909 votes.

When the unofficial by-poll results were first announced, Mandokhel won with 16,156 votes, whereas Ismail came in second with 15,473, resulting in a difference of 683 votes.

The low margin of votes had prompted Ismail to petition the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold a recount. The ECP, accepting Ismail’s application for a hearing, issued a stay order, withholding results of the by-poll.

On May 4, following a hearing, it ordered a recount on May 6, which was boycotted by all parties except for the PPP.

The vote recount hit a snag when candidates objected to unsealed bags that were brought for a recount and came out of the District Returning Officer’s office in protest.

The PTI had gone so far as to file a petition with the ECP seeking annulment of the by-election in NA-249 due to alleged rigging.

However, ECP officials decreed that “the recount process will be completed as per the order”.

Provincial Election Commissioner Aijaz Anwer Chohan had on May 6 promised that the recounting of votes will be completed in the next two days.


Source link

Check Also

Man brandishing pistol, knife outside Parliament House arrested

Man brandishing pistol, knife outside Parliament House arrested

ISLAMABAD: Police arrested a man outside the Parliament House Monday for brandishing a pistol and …

Leave a Reply