Infostani International: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has paused the release of final election results amid a surge in petitions challenging outcomes across the country. Repolling has been ordered in several constituencies, amplifying the electoral uncertainty.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Orders Re-Polling and Halts Announcement of Results in Various Constituencies
On Sunday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) halted the announcement of final results for 10 National Assembly and 16 provincial assembly constituencies across the country. They ordered re-polling at 53 polling stations in three constituencies.
The ECP addressed numerous petitions challenging the election results of various national and provincial assembly constituencies. Simultaneously, several other petitions were filed in different high courts, which will be reviewed on Monday.
During the hearings, the ECP instructed the returning officers concerned not to issue notifications of the success of any candidate from NA-15, Mansehra, NA-28, NA-49, and NA-50 in Attock, NA-55 in Rawalpindi, NA-63 and NA-65 in Gujrat, and NA-47 and NA-48 in Islamabad.
Likewise, the ECP suspended the announcement of results for Punjab Assembly constituencies PP-73, PP-79, PP-80, and PP-82, among others. Results for PP-11, PP-20, PP-14, PP-16, PP-31, PP-33, and PP-59 were also contested.
Challenges and Actions by Election Commission: Halting Results, Directing Re-polling, and Legal Challenges
Moreover, after objections from candidates and legal challenges, the ECP halted the results of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly constituencies PK-73, PK-79, PK-80, and PK-82. In Balochistan, the result of PB-1 was challenged.
Furthermore, the ECP withheld the results in NA-88 Khushab, PS-18 Ghotki-I, and PK-90 Kohat-I, directing re-polling at 53 polling stations in these areas. The spokesperson stated that the results for these constituencies would be announced after re-polling on February 15.
In Sindh, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeemur Rehman announced on Sunday that his party would challenge Karachi’s election results in the Sindh High Court on Monday. He also mentioned plans to write a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa regarding the matter.