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Tribunal disqualifies JUI-F MPA, orders re-polling at Mansehra seat

June 13, 2014

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MPA Zareen Gul Khan of JUI-F disqualified after Nadra confirms rigging at 22 women’s polling stations in PK-58 Mansehra.—File Photo
MPA Zareen Gul Khan of JUI-F disqualified after Nadra confirms rigging at 22 women’s polling stations in PK-58 Mansehra.—File Photo

ABBOTTABAD: An election tribunal on Friday disqualified Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) provincial lawmaker Zareen Gul Khan after it declared that polls had been rigged at his PK-58 Mansehra constituency in the May 2013 elections.

The tribunal declared null and void the election results in the provincial constituency, and ordered re-polling at all polling stations.

The petition had been taken up by the tribunal on the complaint of the Nimroz Khan of the Awami National Party (ANP).

ANP's Nimroz Khan was the runner-up with 6,220 votes at the PK-58 constituency, where Zareen Gul Khan of the JUI-F had returned successful with 8,471 votes in the May 2013 polls.

Nimroz Khan had filed a petition with the election tribunal at Abbottabad arguing that the polls had been rigged. He had pleaded to the tribunal to void the results and conduct re-polling at all stations.

The tribunal had ordered Nadra to verify the votes on the complainants request.

After Nadra confirmed today that rigging took place at 22 women's polling stations in the constituency, the tribunal disqualified JUI-F's Zareen Gul Khan and ordered re-polling.