PHC dismisses Shah Jee’s petition for vote recount in NA-43

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday dismissed the writ petition of former MNA and independent candidate Shah Jee Gul Afridi, seeking recounting in NA-43 Khyber tribal district.                              A division bench of the PHC comprising Justice Roohul Amin Khan and Justice Shakeel Ahmad heard the petition.

Earlier on Tuesday the bench had issued stay order to stop the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from notifying the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) nominee Noorul Haq Qadri as the winner from the NA-43 in the 25 July elections.

However, the court dismissed the petition when legal adviser of the ECP informed that result of the constituency had been notified before the stay order of the court. He explained that once the ECP notifies the result, the court had no jurisdiction to hear the petition.

Shah Jee had filed the petition through his lawyer Qazi Muhammad Anwar, claiming that the returning officer of his constituency first ordered a vote recount but later withdrew the order. He alleged that several irregularities were reported in his constituency during polls.

The court also dismissed petitions filed by MMA’s losing candidate Mufti Gohar Shah from Charsadda and PTI’s failed candidate Farid Toofan from Karak for recount.