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ECP turns down PTI petition looking for to dam Gillani’s victory notification

PPP's Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani
The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) petition looking for the withholding of the notification of PPP’s Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani’s victory on the Islamabad Basic seat within the recently-held Senate elections.

Notification of PPP’s Yusuf Raza Gillani victory as a returning candidate on the Islamabad Basic seat and PTI’s Fawzia Arshad as returning candidate on the Ladies’s seat.

Nonetheless, it admitted for listening to a plea relating to a set of recordings that purportedly present Yousaf Raza Gillani’s son, Ali Haider Gillani, making an attempt to buy votes and advising lawmakers how one can waste their votes.

Shortly after the choice was introduced, the ECP issued the victory notification for Gillani and the PTI’s Fawzia Arshad because the returned candidates on Islamabad’s Basic and Ladies’s seat, respectively.

A four-member committee of the ECP had earlier at the moment reserved its verdict on the matter after listening to arguments from the ruling occasion.

The PTI had approached the electoral physique after recordings emerged wherein Gillani’s son, Ali Haider Gilani, was recorded telling PTI lawmakers how one can discard their votes simply earlier than the March 3 polls. Additional recordings had instructed that cash and different incentives had been additionally provided in change for votes.

The Opposition’s candidate, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, had defeated the federal government’s nominee for the seat on March 3, triggering a powerful response from the federal government.

PM Imran Khan overtly accused the Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) of utilizing cash to affect the Senate election.

After the ECP issued its verdict on the matter, the PTI claimed victory saying the ECP has accepted the primary a part of their petition, which was associated to the Ali Haider Gillani video.

“If you happen to and your son are issued notices and you’re requested to elucidate whether or not you used corrupt practices and stole votes, you’ve misplaced the moral grounds to contest Senate chairman election,” mentioned PTI’s Malika Bokhari to Gillani in a press assertion.

“Take your self out of the race for the PDM’s candidate for Senate election,” she advised the previous prime minister, including that he not had any ethical justification to contest the Senate chairman election anymore.

PTI’s Farrukh Habib mentioned that the ECP had seen Ali Haider Gillani’s video and issued notices referring to it. “This implies the ECP has seen our proof and there’s credibility in them,” he mentioned.

Throughout at the moment’s listening to, member ECP Irshad Qaiser famous that PTI had been directed to appoint these of its members who featured within the video as nicely.

To this, PTI’s counsel, Barrister Ali Zafar, mentioned an affidavit from the one that made the video had been hooked up with a recent software together with the transcript.

“Jamil Ahmed Khan and Fahim Khan are on this video,” he notified.

One other ECP member, Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi, mentioned those that gave the bribe and those who took it are equal for us.

“We demand you to current each events,” he mentioned.

He mentioned that it’s the fantastic thing about democracy that the poll is saved secret. To this, the PTI’s counsel mentioned, “We’re so disturbed by this magnificence that we’re returning right here repeatedly.”

In the meantime, the Election Fee additionally issued the notification of Yousuf Raza Gilani’s victory from the Senate Islamabad Basic seat and PTI’s Fawzia Arshad’s victory on the Ladies’s seat.

“In pursuance of Part 124 of the Elections Act. 2017 and all different powers enabling it in that behalf, the Election Fee hereby publishes the names of the next candidates returned to the Senate of Pakistan towards one Basic seat and one seat for the class of Ladies from Federal Capital or place of the Members whose time period will expire on 11 March, 2021 below clause (3) of Article 59 of the Structure,” acknowledged the notification.