Monday, April 16, 2012
Ghulam Ahmad Bilour Secured 11 % Votes An Is Representing 300,000 Voters
A three member bench of the Supreme Court heard the election expense case on Monday. During proceedings Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry remarked that only those candidates should be declared successful who win at least 50 percent of the votes.
The apex court also summoned the record for the past fifty years relating to the election polling scheme. The Election Commission presented details regarding those constituencies which had a low voter turnout during the 2008 elections.
According to the details presented, NA-1 Peshawar had a voter turnout of 22.98% and the winning candidate Ghullam Ahmed Bilour secured 11% of the vote. After hearing this, Justice Khilji Arif remarked: “This is why the Railways is in this state.”
Chief Justice Chaudhry remarked that it was unfortunate that those who have only secured 11% of the vote were representing over 300,000 voters.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned till April 17.