Alleged rigging in PMDC election: SHC restrain from announcing result

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has restrained Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) from announcing result of its one polling station for of its H category election till 23rd December and directed it to file comments on the petition alleging rigging in the medical entity’s election.

The bench, headed by SHC Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, took up the petition filed by runner up Dr Nusrat Kamal, gynaecologist of Civil hospital Karachi, who moved the court against alleged rigging in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital’s polling station for PMDC election.

The petitioner submitted that she contested in PMDC election held on 5th December 2015 and secured highest number of votes as per results of 10 polling stations, out of 11. She submitted that result of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital’s polling station has not been announced yet where a massive rigging had taken place.

Dr Nusrat Kamal submitted that she approached the election committee and made a complaint under 4 (2) of Amendment 2015 but no action has been taken yet. If the rigged result of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital’s polling station is announced, it would seriously prejudiced her interest as she has already won the elections.

Citing secretary ministry of national health services, PMDC and its election committee as respondents, the petitioner requested the court to direct the respondents to look into the matter and make the election free of rigging.

After the initial hearing, the court issued notices to respondents and deputy attorney general to file the comments on 23rd December. “Till 23rd December, PMDC’s election committee should not announce the result of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital’s polling station in respect of H category,” the court’s order stated.