NA-249: ECP to hold recount on May 6 for Karachi by-election

KARACHI: (HRNW) The Election Commission of Pakistan has approved a vote recount for Karachi’s NA-249 and said it will be done on May 6.

It will be done in the presence of the regional election commissioner Hyderabad.

The chief election commissioner had earlier reserved judgement on the plea filed by PML-N’s Miftah Ismail for a recount. He had contested the by-election on the National Assembly seat vacated by Senator Faisal Vawda. The by-election was held on May 1.

It was declared Saturday night that PPP’s Qadir Khan Mandokhail had defeated Ismail by less than 800 votes. Ismail had, however, challenged the results after which they were withheld. He asked for a recount in the entire constituency.

All candidates were summoned by the electoral body today. The ECP said in a two-page note that since every candidate was complaining of how polling had taken place, that they could withhold the results, which had not been declared final anyway. The turnout was abysmally low.

 

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