Following the recount order by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the PPP has once again emerged victorious in the NA-249 by-election and by a large margin of votes.
After polling at all 276 stations, PPP candidate Abdul Qadir Mandokhel got 15,656 votes, while PML-N candidate Muftah Ismail got 14,747 votes, a margin of 909 votes.
When the unofficial by-election results were announced for the first time, Mandokhel won with 16,156 votes, while Ismail came in second with 15,473, a margin of 683 votes.
The low margin of votes prompted Ismail to apply to the Election Commission of Pakistan for a recount. The ECP granted Ismail’s request for a hearing and withheld the results of the by-poll.
After a hearing on May 4, it ordered a recount on May 6, which was boycotted by all parties except the PPP.
The recount went awry when candidates objected to the sealed bags that had been brought for recount and came out of the District Returning Officer’s office in protest.
The PTI had gone so far as to file a petition with the ECP seeking annulment of the by-election in NA-249 due to alleged fraud.
However, ECP officials have decided that “the recount will be completed as per the order”.
Provincial Election Commissioner Aizaz Anwar Chauhan had promised on May 6 that the counting of votes would be completed in the next two days.
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