Imran gets clean chit in ballot secrecy case


Sophia Siddiqui


All the hurdles stand removed in the way of oath taking of PTI Chairman Imran Khan as the prime minister of the country as Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday accepted his apology for violating secrecy of the ballot on Election Day and withdrew its notice against him.
On the election day, Khan had cast his vote at a polling station of NA-53 where he defeated former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. TV footage showed Khan, accompanied by his friends and supporters publicly stamping his ballot paper on the presiding officer’s table.
The ECP in a 3-1 vote accepted Khan’s apology. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza disagreed with the ECP’s Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa members, who were in favour of accepting the apology.

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