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23,000 ballot papers were sans stamp, signatures: verdict

Source: Geo • 2 years ago
23,000 ballot papers were sans stamp, signatures: verdict

ISLAMABAD: The Election Tribunal’s ruling that declared the election on NA-122 null and void states that 23,000 ballot papers neither bore official stamp by the polling staff nor did they carry their signatures.

According to the verdict’s details, 377 ballot papers had no thumb impression of the voters.

It said 12,000 votes were bogus, as National Database and Regulatory Authority (NADRA) failed to verify their veracity.

Twenty-four polling bags were not sealed while six of the bags did not contain the voters list.

Ayaz Sadiq, who had been declared a winner from NA-122, stands relieved as the Speaker of National Assembly after the Election Tribunal’s ruling.

“We would challenge the Election Tribunal’s verdict in the Supreme Court,” Ayaz Sadiq announced after today's verdict, adding, ‘we have a court for expressing our reservations’.