ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sent the case pertaining to Karachi?s PS-114 vote recount to election tribunal on Thursday.
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) had filed a petition alleging that results of PS-114 by-polls, where Pakistan Peoples Party?s Saeed Ghani was victorious, were tampered.
The MQM has also requested the commission to order recounting of the votes of the entire constituency, the National Database and Registration Authority to verify thumb impressions of all votes.
Speaking to the media after the hearing, Saeed Ghani remarked that the results of the by-polls were not shocking as PPP has a strong vote base there.
However, the MQM?s candidate thought they would win. ?They spend so much money and even threatened us yet we beat them fair and square.?
At first, MQM workers and leaders congratulated me on the win, said Ghani, adding ?after three days they remembered that rigging has occurred.?
On Wednesday?s hearing, MQM?s counsel Farogh Naseem told Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan rules were violated when votes were being counted for 21 polling stations of the constituency.
He added the returning officer did not issue a notice to his client, Tessori, when the votes were being counted.
However, PPP?s Saeed Ghani?s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan said people were voting for PPP after MQM has cut ties with its founder, Altaf Hussain.
Ahsan had added if MQM-Pakistan should take the issue up with the election tribunal if they have a problem with results of the by-election.
On July 13, the ECP had withheld the notification of Karachi?s PS-114 by-election result, where Pakistan Peoples Party?s Saeed Ghani had proven to be victorious.
Moreover, a ballot box was discovered in a private car in the city?s Mehmoodabad area on Wednesday, prompting MQM to reiterate claims that the PS-114 by-election was ?rigged?.
On July 9, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) candidate Saeed Ghani had emerged victorious in PS-114 Karachi by-polls, by bagging 23,840 votes, unofficial and unconfirmed results from all 92 polling stations suggested.
Ghani was followed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan's Kamran Tessori, who secured 18,106 votes.
In the May 2013 general elections, PS-114 was bagged by Irfanullah Marwat on a PML-N ticket but his victory was declared void by the election tribunal in July 2014 and had been empty since.
On May 11, the Supreme Court dismissed Marwat?s appeal challenging the election tribunal?s decision paving the way for the by-polls.