ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan adjourned on Monday the hearing over recounting of votes in PS-114 by-elections as the petitionerâs lawyer could not attend the proceeding.
According to the petitioner, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistanâs Kamran Tessori, his lawyer has suddenly fallen ill, which is why he could not attend the hearing. Tessori requested the court to adjourned the hearing for two days. Therefore, the hearing will now be held on July 19.
However, the chief election commissioner said if the lawyer does not appear in the next hearing, a verdict would be announced.
MQM-P chief Farooq Sattar and leaders of different political parties were present on the occasion.
Pakistan Peoples Partyâs Aitzaz Ahsan called the case baseless.
The by-election on Sindh Assemblyâs seat of PS-114 was held on July 9. PPPâs Saeed Ghani, MQMâs Tessori, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insafâs Najeeb Haroon, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawazâs Ali Akbar Gujjar and Jamaat-e-Islamiâs Jadoon contested the polls.
However, after PPPâs Ghani emerged victories, questions were raised on the transparency of the election process.
Tessori, who stood second, requested the ECP to order a recount in the entire constituency and National Database and Registration Authority to verify thumb impressions of all the voters.Â