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.
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.
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.
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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