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Election result stayed in South Waziristan

PESHAWAR, Feb 25: The Peshawar High Court on Monday stayed the declaration of election results after re-polling in two polling stations of NA-41, South Waziristan.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Hamid Farooq Durrani and Justice Shahjee Rehman Khan issued the order in a writ petition filed by former MNA from the same constituency, Maulana Abdul Malik, challenging the re-polling order issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The petitioner also prayed the court to stay the re-poll till final disposal of the writ petition. However, as the re-polling was scheduled on Feb 25 (Monday), therefore the bench directed that the election results should not be declared till next order.The Election Commission had on Feb 21 issued a notification after receiving reports from the political agent/district returning officer, South Waziristan Agency and the returning officer for the said constituency, NA-41 Tribal Area-VI. The EC had directed that re-poll at polling stations No. 60 Government Middle School Khan Kot No.1 Zermillan and No.62 GMS Khan Kot No. 2 Zermillan should be held on Feb 25.

Senator Kamran Murtaza appeared for the petitioner and contended that the petitioner had secured 7,949 votes against 7,811 votes received by his close rival Ghalib Khan, thus he was the winner.

PLEA WITHDRAWN: a candidate on provincial assembly constituency of PF-42, Hangu, withdrew his writ petition filed against re-polling in three polling stations on Monday. The Election Commission had issued a notification on Feb 21 ordering re-polling in three polling stations in Kahi Area. Advocate Naveed Maqsood appeared for the petitioner, Syed Muhammad Hussain Shah, and contended before a two-member bench that his client wanted to withdraw the petition as re-polling had been in progress in the said constituency.

PETITION FILED: A former MPA, Mohammad Ibrahim Qasmi, on Monday filed a writ petition before the Peshawar High Court requesting to order recounting of ballot papers in the provincial assembly constituency PF-4 Peshawar. The petition was filed by Advocate Arif Khan, stating that according to the official results his rival candidate Syed Aqil Shah of Awami National Party won with a margin of 217 votes.

The petitioner stated that the total rejected votes were 553. He stated that he had filed an application before the concerned returning officer requesting for recounting of the votes, but he turned own his plea.
Source: Dawn
Date:2/26/2008