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ECP orders a re-poll in PK-23 Shangla on Sept 10

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced re-polling in Shangla’s PK-23 constituency on September 10.
On August 10, the election regulatory body had declared the results of the July 25 poll in the constituency null and void, and ordered a re-poll, citing low turnout of women in the constituency.
The ECP had stopped the issuance of the notification declaring PTI candidate Shaukat Ali victorious on the PK-23 seat.
The turnout of women voters was less than 10% in the constituency. The Election Act, 2017 requires the election commission to declare an election null and void if the women’s turnout in the constituency is less than 10% of its total polled votes.
On August 7, the ECP heard the case regarding low turnout of women in Shangla. 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 the hearing. The PTI candidate had won with over 17,000 votes. – NN