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Pakistan: Supreme Court stays recount of votes in Lahore seat won by Imran Khan

Pakistan: Supreme Court stays recount of votes in Lahore seat won by Imran Khan

Imran Khan's party has won 116 seats out of the contested 270 parliamentary constituencies.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique had petitioned for a recount in the NA-131 Lahore-9 constituency, from where Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan won by 680 votes.

The recounting of votes is underway in the National Assembly constituency, NA-131 (Lahore-VII), on the orders of Lahore High Court.

Though the election Commission's statement did not explain the nature of the violation that led to some results being withheld, it apparently referred to the violation of the secrecy of the vote due to the stamping of ballot papers in a constituency in Islamabad on the table of the presiding officer, instead of voters going behind a screen.

Rafique's lawyer contended that a recount request is valid if the victory margin is less than 5%, PTI reported.

The Supreme Court bench said that the result of the constituency has been compiled and it could not be deprived of representation in Parliament.

As the party again gained majority in the KP Assembly after July 25 polls, it held consultative sessions at chairman Imran Khan's residence in Bani Gala attended by large number of party workers and prospective candidates. It asked Rafique's lawyer to approach the relevant election tribunal. On Tuesday, the Election Commission had notified the final results of the general election, but withheld results of nine national and 17 provincial assembly seats. "Halting the recount has cast doubts on the entire process", he wrote.

"The Election Act 2017 has been completely disregarded". Awan argued that since the apex court had nullified the high court's ruling, the election commission should issue the victory notification.

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