Recount of votes to continue today

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The re-tabulation of votes in different constituencies across the country will continue for a second day today (Sunday).

Votes will be recounted in NA-129 Lahore 7, Faisalabad’s NA-108, Multan’s NA-154 and NA-157 constituencies as well as NA-114 Jhang and NA-22 Mardan.

Votes will be recounted once again in NA-129 Lahore 7 on a request submitted by the losing candidate in the constituency — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Abdul Aleem Khan.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq emerged victor from the constituency with 103,021 votes. Aleem Khan was the runner-up with 94,879 votes.

On Saturday, votes could only be recounted from 20 of NA-129’s 297 polling stations.

The PML-N leader’s son, Ali Ayaz Sadiq, has reached the returning officer’s (RO) office for the recount of votes.

As for NA-108, Faisalabad 8, PML-N’s Abid Sher Ali had raised the call for a recount after he lost to PTI’s Farrukh Habib with a very thin margin (under 1,500 votes).

Further, votes will be re-tabulated in five remaining polling stations of NA-114 Jhang and in 131 polling stations of NA-22 Mardan.

PTI’s Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob had defeated PPP’s Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat in the Jhang constituency while PTI’s Ali Muhammad Khan had won in the NA-22 constituency against MMA’s Maulana Muhammad Qasim.

A vote recount is also underway for provincial assembly seats from Gujranwala constituencies of PP-52 and PP-54.

PML-N’s Imran Khalid Butt had secured victory over PTI’s Rizwan Ullah Butt in PP-54 while PML-N’s Chaudhry Aadil Bakhsh Chattha had defeated PTI’s Muhamamd Ahmad Chattha in PP-52.

Prominent political parties have rejected the outcome of the elections, won by the Imran Khan-led PTI. The All Parties Conference (APC) has announced protests demanding new polls after foreign observers criticised the pivotal vote over rigging allegations.

The announcement by the APC, including the outgoing PML-N, is a fresh obstacle to power for Imran after delayed results finally showed he had won an emphatic victory — though he will need to seek a coalition to form a government.

The nationwide polls held Wednesday were criticised by the United States, the European Union (EU), and other observers after widespread claims that the playing field was fixed in Khan’s favour.

While some have dubbed it “Pakistan’s dirtiest election,” Khan’s victory, for now, represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) that was punctuated by periods of military rule.

The vote was meant to be a rare democratic transition in the country but was marred by violence and allegations of interference in the months leading up to the vote, with Khan seen as the beneficiary.

2018-07-29

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