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ECP nullifies Daska NA-75 by-polling, orders re-elections

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ECP nullifies Daska NA-75 by-election results, orders re-polling

ISLAMABAD: The by-election outcomes have been nullified and re-polling will happen in all the constituency on March 18, the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) stated Thursday in its order. 

The PML-N had requested the election fee to carry polling once more within the Daska constituency because the February 19 election was marred by controversies and clashes.

The ECP had withheld the outcomes after 20 presiding officers within the constituency went lacking for a number of hours and high officers of the district administration had been unavailable to the fee to reply its queries.

Within the quick order launched immediately, Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja stated after the arguments heard and report perused, the ECP has come to the conclusion that “the election in the subject constituency has not been conducted honestly, justly, fairly and in a transparent manner”.

“From the perusal of obtainable report produced by the events, the Returning Officer, in addition to collected by the Fee via totally different sources, now we have come to the conclusion {that a} conducive setting was not obtainable for the candidates and voters of the constituency and the election within the topic constituency has not been carried out actually, justly, pretty and in a clear method,” it learn.

“Incidents of murders, firing and accidents, dangerous regulation and order state of affairs within the topic constituency [created] harassment for voters and different circumstances resulting in make the method of outcomes uncertain/unascertainable,” the ECP order famous.

The order added: “This commission in the exercise of powers under Article 218(3) of the Constitution read with section 9(1) of the Elections Act, 2017, declares the poll held on 19.02.21 in the subject constituency (NA-78, Sialkot-IV) as void and orders fresh poll/re-poll in the entire constituency on 18th March 2021.”

PML-N phrases it ‘historic’ verdict

The PML-N hailed the choice and stated the ECP order could be remembered in historical past.

Senior PML-N chief Mohammad Zubair stated {that a} conspiracy had been hatched to rig the elections which was uncovered, and added, “The ECP was surprised on the rigging tactics employed.”

He accused PM Imran Khan of being concerned within the conspiracy to rig the election.

PML-N candidate Nausheen Iftikhar thanked the Almighty, referring to the ECP verdict as a “historic” one. She stated she is going to proceed to confront “vote thieves”.

PTI’s authorized staff to resolve on overview

In the meantime, the PTI stated that their authorized staff would overview the detailed order and resolve the long run plan of action accordingly.

Talking to media exterior the ECP workplace, Minister for Info Shibli Faraz stated the PTI accepts the order.

He accused the PML-N for doing “politics of money and fraud”.

“PTI wants to keep the institutions independent. Our legal team would review the order and make recommendations to the party,” he stated.

Senior PTI chief Usman Dar stated the PML-N wished re-polling in 20 constituencies however then they demanded re-polling in the entire constituency.

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