ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday upheld the decision of an election tribunal to reject a plea filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Abdul Aleem Khan to nullify by-elections in National Assembly’s NA-122 Lahore constituency over allegations of illegal vote transfer.
The PTI candidate had approached the country’s top electoral body after his petition seeking annulment of NA-122 by-elections was turned down by the election tribunal on January 26.
Maintaining that the annulment of by-elections can only be decided by the electoral body, the ECP rejected PTI’s application.
The ECP, however, allowed the PTI candidate access to the voters record in NA-122 Lahore as per the rules of the electoral body, saying the party has a right to access the record.
Last month, PTI chief Imran Khan had threatened a street protest if justice was not done in the NA-122 by-election case. He was commenting on rejection of Abdul Aleem Khan’s petition by the election tribunal.
Commenting on the tribunal’s ruling, Imran said thousands of votes had been transferred from the constituency ahead of the by-polls in October last year. “All we asked the NADRA was to verify where these votes came from,” he said.
After the ruling on January 26, Aleem Khan had alleged that 30,500 votes were transferred ahead of the by-polls. He said the election commission had verified only 812 votes.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had defeated Abdul Aleem Khan of the PTI in a close contest in the NA-122 by-poll to reclaim the coveted Lahore seat.
Neo Monitoring Desk