LAHORE: On Friday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withhold the notification of victory of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Farrukh Habib, who had emerged as the winner from Faisalabad’s NA-108 and remained so despite an earlier recount.
Justice Shahid Karim issued the directions on a petition filed by rival candidate, PML-N leader Abid Sher Ali, against Habib’s victory.
Ali had approached the LHC earlier today after a notification issued by Returning Officer Shakeel Ahmed on Thursday showed that the PML-N leader had lost the poll by 1,201 votes to Habib, whose victory margin decreased by only 10 votes during the recount.
In his petition, Ali has alleged that bogus copies of Form-45 were drafted to ensure the PTI candidate’s victory from NA-108.
He claimed that polling agents belonging to his party were expelled during the counting of ballots, and requested the court to issue orders for a second recount in the constituency