ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan yesterday ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold re-election in PS-76 Dadu-III constituency of Sindh Assembly. A three-member bench of Supreme Court headed by Justice Saqib Nisar announced the verdict.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Parveen Aziz Junejo was declared winner in the 2013 general elections however PML-N’s Liaqat Ali Jatoi, who also served as Sindh chief minister, challenged the result with an election tribunal.

Jatoi submitted in his appeal to the tribunal that the entire election process in the constituency was rigged and engineered because the PPP had been in power before the caretaker setup.

Announcing verdict on the plea of Jatoi, the tribunal declared him winner in PS-76 declaring the election of Parveen Jonejo as null and void. The PML-N candidate had bagged 22,803 votes in 2013 election while PPP’s Ms Jonejo got 56,938 votes.

However, another independent candidate Asghar Ali Sheikh moved Supreme Court of Pakistan against the tribunal’s decision and prayed to the court to order a re-election declaring the whole polling process as null and void.