KARACHI, May 20: Despite delayed polling and complaints of rigging, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi took a commanding lead against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Khushbakht Shujaat in NA-250 on May 11, it emerged on Monday.
An analysis of the unofficial results of the NA-250 constituency shows that when the polling ended on May 11, Dr Alvi had got over 59,000 votes.
He bagged 17,519 more votes in the May 19 re-polling on 43 polling stations of the constituency. His final tally climbed to 77,365 votes against Ms Shujaat’s 30,365 votes whose party had boycotted the re-polling.
The overall turnout on both days of polling, May 11 and May 19, was 35.48 per cent. Total 129,725 votes were cast and 1,319 of them were rejected.
There were 32 candidates in the NA-250 constituency. Niamatullah Khan of the Jamaat-i-Islami got 11,698 votes. His party had also boycotted the May 19 polling and it had pulled out its candidates in Karachi and Hyderabad on May 11.
The NA-250 constituency had two corresponding provincial assembly seats — PS-112 and PS-113 — and PTI candidates Khurram Sher Zaman and Samar Ali Khan won them, respectively.
Mr Zaman and Mr Khan bagged 33,560 and 38,247 votes, respectively.
Hafiz Muhammad Sohail of the MQM got 22,973 votes in PS-112 and Salim Zia of the PML-N polled 11,753 votes in PS-113.
In PS-112, 67,586 votes were cast and 911 of them were rejected. The turnout was recorded at 41.52pc.
In PS-113, total 64,160 votes were cast and 1,065 of them were rejected. The turnout was 31.64pc.
Karamullah Waqasi of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Ali Rashid of the MQM, whose parties had boycotted the re-polling in 43 polling stations on Sunday, secured third position in the PS-112 and 113 constituencies, as they bagged 4,168 and 10,532 votes, respectively.
Regional Election Commissioner Tanveer Zaki told Dawn that the result of NA-250 would be consolidated on Tuesday and after announcement of the consolidated results a petition could be filed within 45 days with the secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The secretary would forward the petition to a relevant tribunal, which would have to decide it within 120 days.
The ECP, which was empowered after the 18th amendment to the constitution to constitute tribunals, has already appointed three tribunals comprising retired district and sessions judges.