Election Commission rejects Babar Awan’s replies in Imran Khan ballot secrecy case

August 9, 2018

The Election Commission rejected the written replies that Babar Awan submitted in the Imran Khan ballot secrecy case on Thursday.

The replies were rejected as the papers did not bear Imran’s signature. The bench ordered Imran to submit a reply with his own signature and adjourned the hearing until Friday.

The election regulatory body had issued a notice to the PTI chief for violating the secrecy of ballot after he cast his vote in the presence of his friends and supporters in Islamabad’s NA-53 constituency on July 25. Imran was seen publicly stamping the ballot paper on the table with TV cameras filming him instead of casting his vote in secrecy.

 

Imran Khan, head of the PTI, gives a thumb impression as he casts his vote at a polling station during the election in Islamabad on July 25, 2018. Photo: AFP

On July 30, the Election Commission sought a written reply from PTI chief Imran Khan’s lawyer, Babar Awan. The chief election commissioner headed the bench. The bench sought a written reply from the PTI chief’s lawyer, Babar Awan, and adjourned the hearing.

Imran was ordered to appear in person or through a lawyer before the Election Commission.

 
 

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