NA-75 Daska by-election declared null and void, re-polling ordered

The Election Commission of Pakistan has annulled last week's by-election in NA-75 Daska constituency of the National Assembly.

The Election Commission ruled on Thursday that Daska's by-election was not “transparent and fair”. The commission has ordered re-polling on March 18 at all polling stations in the constituency.

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, in his brief decision on the by-elections, said that clashes and violence took place in the by-elections on February 19 and voters were not provided a free environment to vote.

According to the Election Commission, the election has been declared null and void under Section 9 of the Election Act.

It may be recalled that incidents of disorder were reported in the by-polls of Daska while two persons were also killed in the incident of firing. The Election Commission had withheld the results of 20 polling stations due to delay in receiving the results.

Who said that during the hearing on Thursday?

During the hearing, Ali Asjad Malhi, a candidate from this constituency of PTI, through his new lawyer Ali Zafar Advocate, stated that firing happens in every election so he did not complain.

Ali Asjad Malhi said that voters of every area want to vote or not. There was widespread irregularity in the constituency and women were not barred from voting. He said that it was up to the voters to come or not to cast their vote and therefore the low turnout at any polling station could not be objected to. He requested the commission to release the election result of NA-75.

PML-N lawyer Salman Akram Raja, while requesting for forensic audit of votes of 20 disputed polling stations, said that firing took place in the entire constituency. Voters were harassed by anyone who opened fire.

Salman Akram Raja said that shameful fraud was committed with the election process. Presiding officers' mobiles and police wireless went off at the same time.

On this occasion, the Chief Election Commissioner said that the issue of Form 45 had also come up in the general elections. However, the Election Commission did not receive any complaint of Form 45 in the by-elections. After this, Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja, while delivering a safe verdict on the hearing regarding NA-75 Daska constituency, ordered that re-election be held in the entire constituency.

Reaction of political parties

Reacting to the Election Commission's decision to annul the election on Thursday, Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would decide on its future course of action when a detailed decision is taken.

Talking to the media outside the Election Commission, he said that the PTI government had promised the nation that the institutions would be freed from politics and he was proud of that today.

He said that his party abides by the court's decision and submits to it.

Shibli Faraz said that on the question of the journalist that the Punjab government failed to maintain law and order in Daska, should Usman Bazdar resign? Shibli Faraz said that Usman Bazdar should not resign at all but he should quit journalism.

Violent incidents erupted in the by-elections in NA-75 Daska constituency of Sialkot on February 19 this month, in which two people were killed and several others injured in a firing incident, while 20 presiding officers went missing along with polling bags. The RO arrived at the office at 6 a.m. the next day.

On the other hand, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said in a tweet that “Thanks to the people of Daska who not only voted but also guarded the vote and caught the vote thieves with red hands and handed them over to the law.” Gave. “

It may be recalled that the PML-N had leveled allegations of massive rigging in the constituency after the results of 20 polling stations were delayed and demanded re-election from the Election Commission in the entire constituency.

On the contrary, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the PTI officials to apply to the Election Commission for re-polling in 20 polling stations in the constituency whose results had been delayed.

PML-N leader Muhammad Zubair has termed the decision of the Election Commission as historic.

Talking to reporters after the Election Commission's decision on Thursday, he alleged that there was a complete conspiracy to rig the by-elections and said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was at the forefront of the conspiracy.

Muhammad Zubair said that who was involved in the conspiracy of rigging in the election of Daska, justice will not be done until this matter comes to light.

Transfers of officers

On the other hand, the Election Commission has summoned the Chief Secretary Punjab and IG Punjab in person on March 4 for neglecting their duties on the issue of Daska election. The Election Commission has directed to transfer Commissioner Gujranwala Division and RPO Gujranwala Range from their current posts and send them out of Gujranwala Division.

The Election Commission has directed the Establishment Division to suspend Deputy Commissioner Sialkot, DPO Sialkot and Assistant Commissioner Daska.

The ECP has directed the federal and Punjab governments to suspend Deputy Commissioner Sialkot Javed Lashari, DPO Sialkot Hassan Asad Alvi, AC Daska Asif Hussain, DSP Sambarial Zulfiqar Work and DSP Daska Muhammad Ramzan Kamboh. And they should not be posted on any future election duty.

The commission said that the ECP would conduct its own inquiry against all these officers or order the federal government or the provincial government to conduct an inquiry which would be decided later.

What happened in the by-election of Daska?

In Pakistan's recent national and provincial by-elections, Daska's constituency has been the most talked about.

The main contest in this constituency was between the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The seat was vacated due to the death of PML-N MPA Syed Iftikharul Hassan Shah.

After the polling on February 19, 20 presiding officers were absent from the constituency overnight and 30 to 35 per cent at other polling stations, while 85 per cent voting turnout was revealed at these 20 polling stations. Allegations of fraud were made after which the Election Commission withheld the result of the by-election of the constituency.

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