The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has accepted the plea of PML-N’s Miftah Ismail asking for a vote recount in the NA-249 by-election in Karachi. In light of this development, ECP has also ordered to withhold the final results of the by-election.
The Election Commission will hear the petition by the PML-N leader on May 4. In this regard, notices have been issued to all the candidates by ECP.
Earlier, the PML-N leadership had demanded a recount of votes cast in the NA-249 Karachi by-election. Miftah Ismail had penned a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, stating that the results from more than 30 polling stations have not been received. He also expressed serious reservations regarding the attitude of some presiding officers.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif had also demanded a recount, saying that as per law, a recount is possible if difference of votes is less than 5%. Shehbaz said he hoped the Chief Election Commissioner will ensure the requirements of the constitution and transparency are met.
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressed a press conference on Saturday and said that the election in Karachi had become even more controversial than the one in Daska.
He said that if elections are not kept transparent, questions will be raised. Abbasi said that according to the data they have received, PML-N has more votes and that a recount was the only way to correct the irregularities in the results.