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‘Irregularities’ prompt court to stay UC-39 result

‘Irregularities’ prompt court to stay UC-39 result

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has stayed announcement of final result of UC-39, Lahore, on the basis of irregularities on the part of election staff as alleged by defeated candidate for chairman slot.

Shujauddin Dar of PML-N, who lost election to independent candidate Faisal Chaudhry, had challenged the result.

Petitioner’s counsel contended that Form-11 had not been filed according to the requirement of law as essential information about total number of votes was missing. Moreover, there was an alteration in the column No 6 of the form without signatures of the presiding officer.

After hearing the initial contention of the petitioner, Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan summoned the returning officer concerned along with relevant record on Thursday (today). He also restrained the election commission from announcing final result till the next hearing.

Proposer: The LHC sought assistance from the attorney general and the advocate general whether a government employee could be a proposer or seconder of a candidate in local government (LG) elections.

A candidate for councillor in the second phase of the LG polls filed a petition and stated that proposer and seconder of his opponent candidate were government employees.

Petitioners’ counsel said the LG election’s law lacked any qualification of the proposers and seconders. He argued the opponent candidate of the petitioner, if won, would be influenced by the government employees as he was being proposed by them.

He asked the court to declare the candidature of respondent-candidate Inamullah Khan null.

Notice to govt: The LHC issued notices to the federal government on a petition challenging recent hike in petroleum prices.

Advocate Mateenul Haq Chaudhry stated in his petition the government had increased the prices without getting approval from parliament as required by the law. He said merely a notification was issued and POL prices were increased.

He said the prices were going down in international market but in Pakistan the people were not passed on the benefit. He asked the court to set aside the recent increase in the prices of petroleum products.

Published in Dawn, November 5th, 2015

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