Lahore: An election tribunal ordered for re-election in Lahore’s NA-125 and PP-155 constituencies after rigging on the seats was proven during the 2013 General Elections as reported by ONLINE.
The one-page verdict said that the ballot bags had been opened with a sharp object and the records had been tampered with.
It added that in the reports submitted by the tribunal’s appointed local commission and Nadra after inspecting the record of the constituency, it was found that on average each person had cast six votes.
Khawaja Saad Rafique and Mian Naseer Ahmad, both of whom belonged to the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), had won the 2013 General Elections from Lahore’s NA-125 and PP-155 constituencies respectively.
After the election tribunal declared the NA-125 polls null and void, Khawaja Saad Rafique will have to resign as a Member of National Assembly, according to former ECP secretary Kanwar Dilshad.
“Rafique can challenge the disqualification in court,” Dilshad added.
Earlier, the election tribunal had reserved its verdict in a petition accusing PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique of rigging the 2013 election in NA-125 and cancellation of a notification declaring Rafique as the winner from the constituency.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Hamid Khan had challenged the victory of PML-N’s Saad Rafiq alleging that he rigged the elections and a large number of bogus votes were cast in his favour.
He had requested the tribunal to declare the election null and void and announce re-election in the constituency.
The tribunal’s ruling comes months after PTI’s sit-ins in Islamabad over alleged mass scale rigging in the 2013 elections.
NA-125 was among the four controversial constituencies – the other three being NA-110 (Sialkot), NA-122 (Lahore) and NA-154 (Lodhran) – where PTI had demanded for voters’ thumbprint-verification in the hope of finding a solution that might be acceptable to all concerned.