LAHORE: An election tribunal on Wednesday dismissed the petition of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Hamid Zaman challenging the victory of MNA Riaz Malik of PML-N from NA-118 Lahore in 2013 general elections.
The tribunal judge Muhammad Rashid Qamar, in his short order, however directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold an inquiry into casting of double votes by 291 voters at different polling stations of the constituency in light of two scanning reports of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).
And after the inquiry if any voter or member of polling staff found guilty, proceeding be started against him/her in accordance with law, the tribunal directed.
In his petition, Hamid Zaman had alleged that the victory of Riaz Malik was a result of massive rigging. He had asked the tribunal to have the whole election record inspected through Nadra.
Nadra had conducted inspection of the record and also held verification of electors’ thumb impressions as per the tribunal’s order. The Nadra submitted its two reports before the tribunal. In one of the reports, the authority had pointed out that polling record of five polling stations was missing. It said unused counterfoils were also missing from polling record of one of the polling stations. The authority also discovered that 291 voters of the constituency had cast double votes.
Source: Business Recorder