LAHORE - An Election Tribunal on Saturday adjourned until July 30 the hearing on an election petition challenging the alleged rigging in NA-122, the constituency from where Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N was elected as member of the parliament.

The tribunal has adjourned the hearing as it was busy in hearing complaints regarding delimitations for Local Bodies elections.

Barrister Asjad Saeed, the counsel of Ayaz Sadiq will complete his arguments on the next hearing. Earlier, on May 30, Nadra had submitted a supplementary forensic report of the constituency NA-122, stating 5898 (96.7 percent) voters out of 6123 could be declared or considered as valid voters which were earlier declared invalid by Nadra itself on the pretext that CNICs of those voters were never issued by it.

After this report, in the view of Nadra only 204 votes could be declared as invalid in the constituency NA-122.

The report stated Nadra examined sample of counterfoils having invalid CNICs and observed a large number of these were minor mistakes in writing down the identity numbers and these trivial mistakes had rendered an otherwise valid CNIC number into an invalid one.

Interestingly, on May 9, Nadra had submitted its full audit report of NA-122 before the tribunal, revealing only 73478 out of total 184151 cast votes in the constituency had been verified which made that 60 percent of the polled votes were not recognisable.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had challenged the victory of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, alleging Ayaz had stolen the mandate of the general public and committed rigging to beat him. He prayed the court to set aside the election and announce re-election in the constituency.