ISLAMABAD ( REPORTBEAT ) -The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared the election null and void in NA-75 constituency and ordered re-election.
The February 19 by-elections in the constituency were marred by incidents of rigging and clashes between the voters and supporters of rival parties — PTI and the PML-N. The violence rose to an extent that it claimed the lives of two persons, besides injuring several others.
PML-N candidate Nausheen Iftikhar had filed an application in view of the delay in the announcement of results by 23 polling stations and requested the ECP not to include the results of these polling stations in the final results.
Today’s hearing was presided over by Chief Election Commission Sikandar Sultan Raja who was heading a three-member ECP committee.
PML-N’s Counsel Salman Akram Raja prayed that the conspiracy of rigging had started before the polling day.
“The conspiracy of rigging had started even before the polling day,” Salman Akram Raja said
“The Election Commission had issued a schedule banning appointments and transfers,” Counsel Raja said. “Despite the ban, Zulfiqar Virk was made DSP. The PTI candidates cannot plan such rigging on their own.”
He added that ECP ordered the removal of the DSP but instead, an SP was made in charge of security for the entire election and in the new notification Zulfiqar’s Virk name was written as Zulfiqar Ali.
On this, the ECP inquired from the PML-N counsel if he believed that Zulfiqar Virk and Zulfiqar Ali were the same people.