POJK Assembly disqualifies PTI member for rigging elections

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Chaudhary Maqbool Gujjar (Photo: News Intervention)

A party member from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been disqualified due to his involvement in electoral rigging in POJK Assembly Constituency LA-35 Jammu 2. Chaudhry Maqbool Gujjar, a PTI assembly member, has been stripped of his position. The POJK Election Tribunal has ruled on the electoral misconduct of Chaudhry Maqbool Gujjar, who was running against Chaudhry Ismaeel, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate. The Tribunal has declared Gujjar ineligible based on proven electoral rigging in the elections.

The POJK Election Tribunal canceled the notification of Chaudhry Maqbool Gujjar’s victory and, following his challenge, ordered a re-poll in POJK Assembly Constituency LA-35 Jammu 2. The Election Tribunal’s decision came after Chaudhry Ismaeel raised objections, claiming that the returning officer had tampered with the election results.

Upon investigating Chaudhry Ismaeel’s complaint, the POJK Election Tribunal found discrepancies at polling stations and ordered a re-election. The counter files of eight polling stations were found to be empty, which is a violation of Section 60 of the Election Act. This decision by the Election Tribunal raises suspicions about the involvement of officials in electoral misconduct.

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