LAHORE - The presiding officers could complete recounting of votes of only 7 polling stations out of 147 in PP-150, the most controversial constituency, on Monday.
On the first day, the recounting started late as the provincial election commission could not make timely arrangements in this regard. The officials of the election commission kept on finding four lost bags of votes cast in the constituency.
On this occasion, the workers of the political parties and their candidates were also present. The officials of the elections commission said they had lost four bags in the record room and were trying their best to trace the same. They said they would start recounting of votes as soon as they found the bags.
As the recounting started, only seven presiding officers were present. The officials could recount votes of only 7 polling stations out of total 147. The long delay and mismanagement caused serious problems and affected the process of recounting which is likely to be completed on Tuesday (today).
Later, talking to media persons outside the premises of the district and sessions court, PTI leader Mehar Wajid Azeem said about 79 fake votes of PML-N and 35 of his own party had been found during the recounting.
The officials of the election commission said they would take serious notice of complaints filed by the candidates of the political parties and complete this process with fairness and transparency.
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday ordered recount of votes cast in the August 22 by-election at all polling stations of Lahore’s PP-150 within three days.
The order came after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) staged demonstrations outside the Punjab Assembly building and blocked The Mall in protest against the alleged rigging in the by-polls.
Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani took suo motu notice of the protests and summoned all the candidates of the constituency to Islamabad. After hearing all the candidates, Justice Jilani ordered recount of votes cast at all the polling stations of the constituency within three days.
According to the initial results, Mian Marghoob of PML-N had emerged victorious from the constituency, defeating Mehar Wajid Azeem of PTI.