ECP notifies Qadir’s return to NA after NA-249 win

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Staff Reporter
Karachi

PPP’s Qadir Khan Mandokhail was notified on Sunday by the Election Commission of Pakistan as having returned to the National Assembly following his victory in the NA-249 by-election in Karachi.

“In pursuance of the provision of a sub-section of Section 98 of the Elections Act, 2017, […] the Election Commission of Pakistan hereby publishes the name of candidate returned to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a result of by-election held on 29.04.2021 from the under mentioned constituency,” read the notification.

Mandokhail emerged the victor for a second time yesterday after a recount of votes polled in the by-election.

After a recount of votes polled across all 276 stations, Mandokhail got 15,656 votes, whereas PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail secured 14,747, meaning a victory margin of 909 votes.

When the unofficial by-poll results were first announced, Mandokhail won with 16,156 votes, whereas Ismail came in second with 15,473, resulting in a difference of 683 votes.

The low margin of votes had prompted Ismail to petition the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold a recount.

The ECP, accepting Ismail’s application for a hearing, issued a stay order, withholding results of the by-poll.

On May 4, following a hearing, it ordered a recount on May 6, which was boycotted by all parties except for the PPP.

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