The election tribunal on Monday allowed an application of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s runner-up candidate from NA-118 and directed the Nadra to verify thumb impressions of voters in the National Assembly constituency won by the PML-N.
Tribunal member Kazim Ali Malik directed the Nadra to complete the verification process within a month and submit a report to this effect.
Hamid Zaman of the PTI had sought the verification of voters’ thumb impressions to establish rigging allegedly committed by the returned candidate, Malik Riaz. Mr Riaz through his counsel opposed the application saying the inspection of the election record had already been done by a local commission. He argued that there was no need for voters’ thumb impression. The tribunal had reserved the verdict and announced on Monday. Ordering the verification of thumb impressions, the tribunal also directed the applicant (Zaman) to deposit money for expense of the process. The tribunal would resume hearing on March 16. NA-122:PTI Chief Imran Khan on Monday deposited Rs1.83 million with the election tribunal for the expense of thumb impressions’ verification by Nadra already ordered by the tribunal.
The counsel for Mr Khan submitted a bank draft in favor of Nadra to start inspection of voters’ thumb impressions regarding alleged matter of NA-122, the constituency from where Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of the PML-N was elected as member of the National Assembly. The Nadra charges Rs10 per vote for verification while 183,000 votes would be verified in the constituency, won by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The tribunal would resume the hearing on March 11 to check the sum deposited by the applicant. CIVIL JUDGES: The LHC dismissed a petition challenging recruitment of 696 civil judges due to non-prosecution, reports APP. Petitioner Tahir Hanif had challenged the LHC move to hold the exam for civil judges through the NTS and contended that the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) alone was empowered to do so.