ECP withdraws Awn Chaudhry’s victory notification from NA-128

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has withdrawn the victory notification for the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party’s candidate Awn Chaudhry following the February 8 general elections.

According to ECP results, Chaudhry secured 172,576 votes while Barrister Raja received 159,024 votes in the constituency, but the victory notification of Awn Chaudhry was challenged by PTI-backed independent candidate Salman Akram Raja.

The decision was communicated to the Islamabad High Court by the ECP s director-general of law.

The Islamabad High Court, in response to a petition filed by PTI-backed independent candidate Barrister Salman Akram Raja, declared Awn Chaudhry s victory from the National Assembly constituency NA-128, Lahore, null and void.

Read more: Salman Akram Raja challenges Aun Chaudhry s election win in IHC

The court also instructed the returning officer to submit a report within three days. Barrister Raja had challenged Chaudhry s election win in the Islamabad High Court, seeking the suspension of his rival candidate s victory notification.

Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) barred the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) from releasing election result of the National Assembly constituency (NA-128) in Lahore, where PTI-backed independent candidate Salman Akram Raja was contesting against IPP candidate Awn Chaudhry.

The directives were issued on a petition filed by Salman Akram Raja, who claimed the returning officer (RO) violated the election act by not releasing the election result.

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