LAHORE: An election tribunal on Monday ordered for re-election in Lahore’s NA-125 and PP-155 constituencies after rigging on the seats was proven during the 2013 General Elections.
The one-page verdict said that the ballot bags had been opened with a sharp object and the records had been tampered with.
It added that in the reports submitted by the tribunal’s appointed local commission and Nadra after inspecting the record of the constituency, it was found that on an average each person had cast six votes each.
Khawaja Saad Rafique and Mian Naseer Ahmad, both of whom belonged to the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), had won the 2013 General Elections from Lahore’s NA-125 and PP-155 constituencies respectively.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI’s) Hamid Khan had challenged the victory of PML-N’s Saad Rafiq alleging that he rigged the elections and a large number of bogus votes were cast in his favor.
He had requested the tribunal to declare the election null and void and announce re-election in the constituency.