PTI-backed candidate wins by-polls in Gujranwala


GUJRANWALA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed candidate Nasir Cheema emerged as winner on Sunday, bagging 10, 405 votes in by-election held on 33 polling station in PP 97.


According to unofficial results reached here, PML-N candidate Ashraf Waraich got 9, 966 votes.

Cheema was a PML-Q candidate. He was also backed by Imran Khan’s PTI.

In March last year, an election tribunal had declared null and void the election of MPA Ashraf Warraich, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate and ordered a re-election in 33 polling stations of the PP-97 constituency in Gujranwala area.

The decision came during a hearing presided by retired district and sessions judge Kazim Ali Malik of an election petition filed by Nasir Cheema, a losing candidate from the constituency belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q).

The petitioner had alleged rigging in the area during the General Elections held in 2013 and claimed that Warraich’s success was engineered.

The tribunal had ordered the recounting in 33 polling stations of Gujranwala.