LAHORE - A one-man vote probe commission says 23,639 votes cast in NA-122 (Lahore) were “unsigned and unstamped” while another 3,642 were “invalid” and cannot be verified. The remaining 180, 115 votes are verified, according to a 42-page report made public on Monday.

NA-122 is the constituency from where PML-N leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was elected as a member of the National Assembly, defeating PTI chairman Imran Khan. The commission report was supposed to settle the controversy about the alleged rigging in this constituency, as claimed by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), but both the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PTI claim that it has vindicated their stand.

The Commission comprising former judge Ghulam Hussain found 519 discrepancies from the both sides; the record of PTI chief Iman Khan showed that 275 counterfoils were without thumb impression while 232 such counterfoils were found in record of NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The commission told the election tribunal that 4,180 votes were cast to other candidates in the constituency. Another 1,443 votes cast in the constituency were without the stamps of the polling staff appointed by the election commission. According to the report, 806 votes in Form-14 and their counterfoils did not match.

Asjad Saeed advocate, the counsel of Ayaz Sadiq of PML-N and Anees Hashmi, the legal representative of Imran Khan were also present there in the tribunal when the commission submitted its report.

During the hearing, tribunal judge Kazim Malik observed that the parties should avoid what he called the media war. The judge adjourned further proceedings till January 17, with direction to commission head Ghulam Hussain to appear before the tribunal and record his statement. A number of PTI workers were present outside Punjab Election Commission on the occasion. They chanted slogans expecting victory of their leader. Anees Hashmi, the counsel of Imran Khan, said that about 30,000 votes were found fake from the record of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. However, Asjad Saeed said that the commission found 23,639 votes invalid from the total record.