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Bilawal Bhutto satirically welcomes ECP's NA-249 recount decision

Bilawal Bhutto satirically welcomes ECP's NA-249 recount decision
May 4, 2021

KARACHI (92 News) - Responding to the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision to recount the votes of NA-249 constituency, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has satirically welcomed ECP's recount decision.

In a statement, Bilawal Bhutto said that he appreciated the decision to conduct recount without any solid complaint. "Candidates were not given such an opportunity in the 2018 elections despite the fact that the lead of votes in many seats was less than five per cent. PPP will consider approaching the Election Commission for recount of such seats."

"PPP welcomes new precedent set by allowing [constituency] wide recount without specific [polling station] complaints. Many seats from 2018 fall within 5% threshold and candidates have not been given this chance. Once ECP order is out, PPP will consider going to ECP for recounts in all such seats," the PPP chairman maintained.

Earlier, the ECP accepted the application of PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail for votes recount in NA-29.

The votes will be recounted at 9am on May 6. All parties have been directed to reach the RO Office on that day.

Talking to the media after the hearing, PML-N candidate Miftah Ismail said that they had not been given a single Form 46.

Meanwhile, PPP candidate Qadir Mandokhel said that he would definitely win in the votes recount.

On the other hand, Mustafa Kamal of the Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) has filed an application to re-conduct the by-election in the constituency. Moreover, PTI candidate Amjad Afridi also filed an application for the re-poll.