ISLAMABAD - Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) yesterday brushed aside the allegations that ballot papers used in by-election in Lodhran caused any confusion among the voters due to the similarity of names of candidates and election symbols.

Senior leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and candidate for the NA-154 by-polls Jahangir Khan Tareen had challenged the decision of the ECP on the grounds that an independent candidate Jahangir Khan had been allotted an election symbol similar to that of the PTI’s. The election symbol allotted to Jahangir Khan, the non-partisan candidate, was batsman that, according to the PTI, was an attempt to confuse the voters to cast vote for false candidate.

But a spokesman for the ECP said that there was no similarity between the election symbols allotted to the PTI and the independent candidate arguing the symbol ‘batsman’ has no similarity with the election symbol ‘bat’. The PTI said it checked the real name of Jahangir Khan mentioned on the computerized national identity card (CNIC) rejecting the claims of PTI that the rival candidate had concealed his real name.

Later, Tareen had approached Lahore High Court (LHC) raising objections over the name and election symbol of the independent candidate Mr Jahangir Khan.

The LHC referred the case back to the ECP and the latter retained its earlier decision of allotting the ‘batsman’ symbol to Jahangir Khan.