LAHORE - The Lahore High Thursday restrained the Election Commission of Pakistan from publishing the name of Major (r) Zulifqar Ali Gondal, a returned candidate of PPP from PP-118, in the official gazette. Justice Hamid Ali Shah has also issued notice to returned candidate and ECP for July 17 while taking up the writ petition of Ahmed Khan Bhatti, a PLM-Q candidate from the same constituency. The petitioner through his counsel contended that PPP candidate belonged to ruling party committed pre-poll and post poll rigging on a massive scale by using state machinery and harassing polling staff. He said Gondal's real brother Zafar was a government official in Mandi Bahauddin district who also used his influence. He said he approached ECP and returning officer for the deployment of Rangers in the area but they paid no heed to his request. He pointed out that after failing to achieve their target during polling, the respondent candidate with the help of his brother exerted undue pressure on the polling staff and snatched ballots bags from presiding officers and assistant presiding officers. POs and APOs reported the matters to RO in writing who forwarded the same to district RO. Ultimately DPO registered three different FIRs. He said PO of polling station 56 wrote to RO that he had found two polling bags they were not duly sealed. The RO wrote to the ECP that due to snatching of ballot bags consolidation of result was not possible. But despite that fact RO consolidated result on July 3 according to which petitioner secured 19081 valid votes while Gondal obtained 20859 votes. The petitioner said it was mandatory for RO to examine rejected votes but he instead performed mechanically. In the light of that result ECP issued his notification on July 04 but the same has not yet been published in official gazette. The petition argued that he also moved application to RO before the consolidation of result to examine the rejected and hold repelling at 14 polling stations. But the firstly RO and then ECP turned down their complaint to re-examine rejected votes and exclude the result of 14 polling stations from the consolidated result. He claimed that he secured more votes than PPP candidate but he (Gondal) manipulated the result and got rejected his valid votes. He requested the court to set aside his notification and consolidated result and restrain Gondal from taking oath as member of Punjab Assembly. Former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi had won this seat in February 18 elections but he vacated it after he chose to hold his national assembly seat.