Controversial vote casting: ECP to hear case against Imran today

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ISLAMABAD :- The Election Commission of Pakistan will hear its suo motu case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Thursday over his controversial vote casting during the general election 2018.

The ECP had taken notice of Imran Khan violating the electoral code of conduct when the PTI chairman was seen publicly stamping the ballot paper in NA-53 Islamabad constituency, instead of going behind the voting screen to cast his vote in secrecy.

Imran’s counsel Babar Awan will appear before the ECP today.

Imran had defeated former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in NA-53 Islamabad, bagging 92,891 votes in contrast to the PML-N leader’s 44,314 votes.

The electoral body, however, withheld notification of his success from the constituency in view of the pending case against the PTI chief for violating the electoral code of conduct.

According to Section 185 of the Election Act, a person can be given a six-month jail sentence and/or fine of Rs1,000 for not casting their vote in secrecy.

On July 30, the ECP had sought a written reply from Imran, who is touted to be the country’s next prime minister after his party witnessed a resounding triumph in the July 25 general election.

Imran also made history by winning all five National Assembly seats he contested from in the polls.

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