LHC accepts Ayaz Sadiq’s petition against recounting of votes

LAHORE, Dec 15 (NNI): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has accepted the petition challenging the recounting of the votes in the constutency NA-122 filed by Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

The petition says that the election tribunal gave a unilateral verdict after recordingPakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s statement.

The recounting of the votes in the NA-122 is against the Section 55 of the Representation of the People Act.

Ayaz Sadiq in his petition said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s appeal for vote recount was illegal and requested the LHC to reject his plea. He said the order for vote recount was against the Supreme Court’s directives and alleged the tribunal judge of committing contempt.

Moreover, the petition seeks a contempt of court case against election tribunal’s judge Kazim Malik.

Judge Malik ordered the recounting of the votes against the Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict, the petition states.

The LHC has accepted the petition of the National Assembly Speaker for hearing.

Reportedly, Judge Ejazul Hassan would hold a hearing on December 16 at 9 am in the morning.

The election tribunal had ordered the recounting of the votes in NA-122 on a petition by PTI chairman Imran Khan.

Last week, an election tribunal had accepted Khan’s request for opening ballot bags in NA-122 to investigate allegations of rigging.

Earlier, Sadiq had filed an appeal with the tribunal against opening of the ballot bags which was rejected by Justice Kazim. A single-member commission had also been ordered to check the records after opening the ballot bags in NA-122. NNI

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