ISLAMABAD – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday declared the by-polls of the NA-75 Daska constituency null and void.
It announced that the voting for the by-polls will be held on March 18 again.
The PML-N had requested the election body for re-election in the Daska constituency as the February 19 election was marred by various controversies.
The ECP had withheld the results after 20 presiding officers of polling stations in the constituency went missing and they submitted the results with 14 hours delay.
The DRO and RO suspected that the results of 20 polling stations in the NA-75 by-election have been rigged, the ECP had said.
The NA-75 was also a hotly-contested constituency as it saw violence throughout the day. Two people – one belonged to the PML-N and the other was a PTI worker – were killed during the firing incident.
PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz has welcomed the decision, stating that the public had averted an attempt of poll rigging in Daska.
نواز شریف کے بیانیے کی گونج پورے ملک میں سنائی دے رہی ہے ۔۔۔ ووٹ کو عزت دو۔ ڈسکہ کے عوام کا شکریہ کہ نا صرف ووٹ دیا بلکہ ووٹ پر پہرا بھی دیا اور ووٹ چوروں کو رنگے ہاتھوں پکڑ کر قانون کے حوالے کر دیا۔زندہ باد۔ 🐅🙌🏽
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) February 25, 2021
After the polling concluded in the NA-75, Maryam had shared a slew of videos that allegedly shows some officials with bags full of votes.