The Balochistan High Court’s election assembly on weekday declared Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri’s election to the National Assembly as void and ordered a re-election within the NA-265 (Quetta II) body.
The assembly didn’t announce a date for the re-election. Suri, United Nations agency has been de-seated following the tribunal’s finding, remains eligible to contest the re-election.
The NA-265 result had been challenged by Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, United Nations agency had filed a petition against alleged rigging within the body.
Over the course of the case’s proceedings, the assembly had conjointly directed the National information and Registration Authority to submit biometric verification of voters that were registered within the body.
The election assembly, headed by Justice Abdullah Baloch, had reserved its finding within the matter earlier this month.
Raisani was one in every of the candidates United Nations agency had contested from NA-265, however had lost to Suri, United Nations agency had later gone on to become the National Assembly’s deputy speaker.
The Balochistan National Party (BNP) candidate, in his petition, had contended that of a complete of 114,000 votes solid throughout the polls in NA-265, “65,000 votes were invalid”. He had argued that the election had been “rigged” since a sizeable variety of votes couldn’t be verified.
According to the results declared by the ECP, Suri had received twenty five,979 votes whereas Raisani had received twenty,394 votes. consistent with the ECP’s official results, 3,422 votes in total had been rejected within the body.
Addressing the media once the decision was declared, BNP Chief Akhtar Mengal aforementioned the tribunal’s call was a “victory of BNP further as all democratic forces”.
“Our doubts concerning rigging in elections have evidenced to be true,” Mengal aforementioned. “The confidence of individuals, United Nations agency hope for justice, has increased by this call.
“[We] hope that people who protested against election rigging once 2013 polls can settle for this call.”
Mengal expressed hope that “the Supreme Court [will] order a election during this body before long following this verdict”.