KARACHI: The Karachi Election Tribunal on Monday declared the election of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) candidate to a provincial assembly constituency (PS-14) Jacobabad-II void.
Former SHC Judge Zafar Ahmed Khan Sherwani, the tribunal’s head, announced the verdict on two identical election petitions filed by Mohammad Aslam Khan Abro and Mir Raja Khan Jakhrani, who challenged victory of the PPP candidate Sardar Muqeem Khan Khoso.
Abro, a Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) candidate was initially declared returned candidate by returning officer. Later, Sindh High Court (SHC) granted stay order on issuance of notification regarding success of Khoso and ordered recounting of the votes polled at polling station no.38 when Khoso approached it.
Subsequently, Khoso was declared a winning contestant with difference of just 62 votes and a notification of his success was also issued.
Thereafter, Abro moved the tribunal, submitting that during the above-mentioned recounting carried out by RO, a polling bag containing valid votes, cast in his favour, was found unsealed and it contained only 118 valid ballot papers against 197 shown in the statement of count (Form XIV) and another polling bag contained 68 invalid ballot papers with multiple marks.
He argued that in Form XIV no ballot paper was shown as rejected or excluded from the count; therefore, 68 ballot papers were valid ballots papers which were initially marked in his favour. He added that after recounting they were re-stamped by the well-wishers of the returned candidate (Khoso). Consequently, the election result changed in favour of Khoso.
Refuting allegations levelled in both petitions against him, Khoso pleaded to the court to dismiss the petitions.
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