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NA-122 rigging case: Tribunal to give verdict today

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LAHORE: The Election Tribunal will give its much awaited verdict in alleged rigging investigation of NA-122 constituency today (Saturday).

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During General Elections on May 11, 2013, Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq had secured the seat of National Assembly from NA-122 constituency by bagging 93,389 against 84,517 votes of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan. Imran Khan demanded recounts and verification with the actual results still pending as of January 2015.

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Last year in November 2014, Lahore High Court permitted the tribunal to probe the rigging case. Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq tried to halt the proceedings by filing a plea in LHC that was declared non-maintainable by the LHC. Imran Khan’s petition to recounts votes was accepted by tribunal’s judge Kazim malik.

Later on, on February 14, 2015 filed another plea to review the records by the NADRA that was accepted by the tribunal too. On June 16, PTI and PML-N were ordered by the tribunal to record their conclusive arguments. By August 17, the counsels finalized their arguments and the tribunal reserved its verdict.

The alleged rigging case investigation by the election tribunal expands over a span of two years. Total 58 hearings were held throughout the process.

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