Election Tribunal Declares NA Deputy Speaker’s Election Void, Orders Re-election
The National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri’s election has been declared void by the Balochistan High Court’s election tribunal.
The tribunal has ordered a reelection in the constituency NA-265, from where Qasim Khan Suri contested the elections.
The date for the election has not been announced. The deputy speaker is, however, not ineligible for election and can partake in the reelection.
The election result for NA-265 had been challenged after a petition alleging rigging had been filed by Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani, a candidate of the Balochistan National Party (BNP).
In the elections of 2018, Raisani was among those who had contested the elections from NA-265, and had lost.
The BNP candidate had argued that 65,000 of the 114,000 votes cast in the polling in NA-265 were ‘declared invalid’. Raisani had alleged that the election had been rigged because a considerable number of votes were not verified.
In the elections of 2018, Raisani had received 20,394 votes as opposed to Suri’s 25,979, with 3,422 votes being rejected.
Following the development, commentators have brought under consideration the fact that the party who had alleged rigging in the elections of 2013, is having the elections of its own candidates declared void.