NA-249 by-polls: Fawad calls for re-poll instead of recount

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has called for a re-poll after the plea for vote recount of Miftah Ismail in NA-249 was approved.

Earlier the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), had accepted the plea of PML-N’s Miftah Ismail asking for a vote recount in the NA-249 by-election in Karachi. In light of this development, ECP has also ordered to withhold the final results of the by-election.

The Election Commission will hear the petition by the PML-N leader on May 4. In this regard, notices were issued to all the candidates by ECP.

Reacting to the ECP s decision, Fawad Chaudhry said that re-polling should be held instead of recount. However he appreciated Election Commission’s move to issue a restraining order.

He said turnout in the Karachi by-polls was very low. Only 21 percent of registered voters casted their votes. He said, resultantly the winning candidate secured less than five percent of total registered votes which is not true reflection of a democratic norm.

Fawad Hussain said Prime Minister Imran Khan is the only leader who has repeatedly stressed the need to reach a consensus on electoral reforms and we have invited political parties to discuss it. He said if opposition is not ready for electoral reforms then it shouldn t make hue and cry.