Election Commission stops victory notification on Shangla seat over low turnout of women

August 7, 2018

Women stand in a queue as they wait to cast their vote during the elections at a polling station in Islamabad. Photo: AFP

The Election Commission stopped the issuance of the notification declaring PTI candidate Shaukat Ali victorious on Shangla’s PK-23 seat, citing a low turnout of women.

The Election Act, 2017 requires the Election Commission to declare an election null and void if women’s turnout in a constituency is less than 10% of its total polled votes.

The Election Commission heard the case regarding low turnout of women in Shangla on Tuesday. However, the winning candidate and the applicant did not show up at the hearing.

The chief election commissioner ordered that the notification be stopped and summoned Ali on the next date of hearing on August 14.

The PTI candidate won with over 17,000 votes.

 
 

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