LAHORE - Accepting the plea of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, a one-man election tribunal on Monday ordered reopening of bags containing record of votes of National Assembly’s Constituency-122 (Lahore) from where Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was declared successful in last year’s elections.

Judge Kazim Malik also appointed a local commission comprising a retired Sessions Judge Ghulam Hussain Awan for the inspection of the bags and directed him to submit an initial report after a week on Dec 15.

The counsel of the speaker, Asjad Saeed said that he would challenge the decision before the Lahore High Court.

Immediately after the announcement of the order, scores of PML-N workers gathered outside the office of provincial election commissioner and chanted slogans against Imran Khan. They also tried to enter the premises but police blocked the way.

Meanwhile, the tribunal allowed another application filed by MPA Mohsin Latif of PML-N from PP-147, Lahore.

The MPA had submitted that the record of his provincial assembly’s constituency was mixed up with the record of NA-122. He pleaded the tribunal to order inspection of the NA-122 record, so that the record of PP-147 could be separated.

The tribunal has yet to announce its reserved verdict against victory of Latif on a petition moved by PTI candidate Shoaib Siddiqui.

A local commission had also submitted its report to the tribunal after holding inspection of the PP-147 record.

The tribunal directed Imran Khan and Mohsin Latif to deposit Rs500,000 and Rs200,000 respectively for the process of the inspection.

PTI chief Imran Khan had filed the application through his counsel Ahmad Owais before the election tribunal and alleged rigging in NA-122, the constituency from where the incumbent NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was elected. He requested the court for inspection of the ballot boxes and scrutiny of the entire record of the constituency concerned.

Ayaz challenged the proceedings of the election tribunal submitting that Khan had no solid arguments to challenge his victory. On Nov 20, 2014, the LHC, however, dismissed the petition of the Speaker, allowing the election tribunal to resume proceedings of the case.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan held proceedings of the case. The judge observed that the petition of the speaker was not maintainable in the light of a judgment issued by the LHC full bench, which had ruled that the high court could not hear pleas challenging the proceedings before election tribunal.

Dismissing the petition, the judge also recalled a stay order earlier issued on November 4, 2013 against the tribunal proceedings. Counsel of the speaker Barrister Asjad Saeed announced to challenge the decision before the Supreme Court.