ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered re-election in NA-75 Daska.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the appeal against the ECP’s order for re-election in Daska. Election Commission lawyer Mian Abdul Rauf argued that IG Punjab and other officials did not answer the phone, polling was suspended at 13 polling stations, firing incidents took place in the entire constituency.
Justice Omar Atabandial told the lawyer that the court should not count the polling stations, state the legal points which are of necessary nature, rely only on the documents on the basis of which the commission made its decision.
Lawyer Mian Abdul Rauf said that there was no mention of organized fraud in the decision of the Election Commission, the Commission did not write any word of organized fraud, the decision of the Commission was on violations of law.
Justice Omar Atabandial remarked that the Election Commission made the decision without listening to the administration. It is a fact that the situation in the constituency was bad. It is not correct to say that not all parties got equal environment for competition. The word environment is not used.
PTI lawyer Shehzad Shaukat took the position that who took the presiding officers where, those responsible for the disappearance should come forward, it was necessary to investigate the officers. Which were not done. Justice Muneeb Akhtar asked why the election materials arrived late.
The DG Law Election Commission said that Rangers were also present at the polling stations of the missing presiding officers.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked that two persons were killed and one was injured in the firing. The Election Commission failed to take appropriate action in Daska. Presiding officers who disappeared also disrupted the election process. Maybe, 10 polling stations are also shown in one building, these details are listed in the Election Commission’s own papers.
The court rejected the appeal of Ali Asjad of PTI against holding re-election in NA-75 Daska and upheld the order of the Election Commission regarding re-election.