LAHORE - Chief Justice Lahore High Court Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday sought reply from Election Commission of Pakistan on a petition challenging poll results and holding elections again in PP-266 of District Layyah.

Ghulam Haider Thind, a PML-N candidate in the last general elections from PP-266 of District Layyah, had filed a petition through his counsel advocate Shahzad Shaukat submitting that a returning officer had rejected his nomination papers because of different allegations leveled against him.

Election Commission, however, did not remove his name from ballet papers and 6,000 votes were cast in his favour on election day. The petitioner said a full bench of the LHC also allowed him to contest elections and rejected all allegations leveled against him.

The petitioner requested the court to set aside results of general elections in PP-266 of District Layyah and to direct Election Commission to hold elections again. At this, the chief justice issued notice to ECP and adjourned further proceedings till April 30.

Kalsoom, a local voter, had filed a suit in the Supreme Court on May 09, 2013 and challenged the candidacy of Ghulam Haider Thind submitting that he was defaulter and had not paid tax of his flour mill. The petitioner alleged that the respondent was also involved in many other illegal activities.

Accepting her plea, the Supreme Court barred Ghulam Haider Thind from contesting elections on May 10, 2013, a day before of general elections.