LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Shoaib Siddique has been declared victorious in PP-147 by-election with 31,964 votes while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) follows with 28,402 votes.
District Returning Officer (DRO) Ahmed Nawaz has announced official results of PP-147 by-poll.
The seat was also contested by Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) candidate Iftikhar Shahid but could not keep up with the competition of PTI and PML-N hopefuls.
The vote counting was closely followed and PTI’s success was celebrated on the social media website Twitter.
The PP-147 constituency had been won previously by Latif who managed to secure 36781 votes in the 2013 general elections while Siddiqui followed up with 30174 votes. However, PTI decried massive rigging and ballot stuffing in the general elections including the PP-147 constituency accusing PML-N and even the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and took to the streets protesting the results.
The claims were investigated by the ECP and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). Election Tribunals were formed to probe the rigging cases. NADRA revealed that 3,267 of the 4,726 votes in 6 polling stations of PP-147 could not be verified.
A post-election report was issued in this regard by ECP in which it admitted that complete or partial rigging had indeed taken place and held the Returning Officers (RO) taken from lower judiciary responsible for the confusion.
The Election Tribunal declared the results of 5 out of 20 constituencies, including PP-147, as void and ordered re-polling, calling the candidates who won as ineligible