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Victory of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz in election challenged in Lahore High Court

Form 45, is crucial record in Pakistani electoral process which is intended to uphold openness and accountability by documenting and disclosing outcomes of vote

PTI Lahore Published 11.02.24, 10:50 AM
Maryam Nawaz in  Lahore

Maryam Nawaz in Lahore Reuters

The victory of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in Lahore’s National Assembly seats was challenged in the Lahore High Court on Saturday, alleging that the top poll body did not follow the correct procedure.

Challenging the victory of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates in the Lahore High Court (LHC), several losing PTI-backed candidates claimed that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) declared them winners on “bogus” result Form-47 instead of Form-45.

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Form 45, commonly referred to as the “Result of the Count” form, is a crucial record in the Pakistani electoral process which is intended to uphold openness and accountability by documenting and disclosing the outcomes of the voting procedure at a particular polling station.

A large number of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) candidates had contested as independents after the ECP had snatched the Imran Khan-led party of its cricket bat symbol. Even when the PTI-backed independents have emerged as the largest outfit with over 100 clear wins, the party is expecting at least 50 more seats.

Sharif, 74, won from NA-130 by securing over 1,72,000 votes against PTI’s Dr Yasmin Rashid, while Maryam Nawaz, 50, won from NA-119 securing over 83,000 votes against PTI’s Farooq Shahzad, who bagged over 68,000.

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