SIALKOT-The officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has sent 23 vote bags carrying the counter files of NA-110 constituency to the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) in Islamabad for their re-verification following the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Earlier, a joint team of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the representatives of both the losing and winning candidates had found 23 out of 24 voting bags/counter files of NA 110, Sialkot-I.

They conducted search of the vote bags of two provincial assembly constituencies (PP 122 and PP 123, Sialkot). Local officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that now these “recovered” bags of votes/counter files had been handed over to concerned officials of Nadra under the supervision of ECP for their re-verification through Nadra on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP).

On the order of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the local returning officer in Sialkot spent the whole day in conducting the official search for finding the missing bags. The local returning officer opened the bags of votes of two constituencies of Sialkot city (PP-122 and PP-123 Sialkot) in search of the missing bags. Returning Officer Sialkot Khan Mehmood said that these 24 bags had been found missing during the re-verification of votes conducted by Nadra.

The SC had ordered the re-verification of votes of constituency NA 110, Sialkot-I on the writ petition submitted by the PTI’s losing candidate Usman Dar against the alleged rigging by the PML-N’s winning candidate Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Defence, Water and Power, during the 2013 general election.

“Now, the officials of Sialkot Election Commission, representatives of both losing and winning candidates opened the bags of votes to find out the missing bags of NA 110, Sialkot-I under the supervision of Returning Officer,” said PTI’s losing candidate Usman Dar. He said that this practice was made under the direct supervision of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) at District Accounts Office/Treasury Office Sialkot.