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PTI & JI fail to settle issue of alleged rigging in Karachi LG polls

The joint committee formed between PTI and JI had to exchange Form 11 within a week but failed to reach a consensus and both parties reached the election commission seeking to settle their complaints.

It seems that the PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami alliance over the local government polls result in Karachi has failed to settle the dispute.

According to the details, the Joint Strategy Committee formed by the Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI, over local government polls result in Karachi, has seen failure to move ahead.

Pertinent to mention that last month, PPP emerged as the single largest party in Karachi with 96 seats after the polls. The JI was the runner-up with 83 seats and the PTI won 43 seats.

Since a mayor needs the votes of half of the 367-member City Council, one could be appointed if any of the two parties form an alliance.

Read more: ECP rejects Sindh govt’s decision to delay LG polls

However, PTI rejected the local bodies election results in Karachi and Hyderabad, while Jamat-e-Islami condemned the delay in the release of results but expressed willingness to form an alliance if needed.

PTI’s Ali Zaidi and Hafiz Naeemur Rehman of Jamaat-e-Islami in a joint press conference in January had accused the Sindh government of manipulating results of some Karachi UCs in local government elections.

PTI slammed the electoral process and said that form 11 was unavailable after the polling ends and the results were rigged, the Sindh government started changing the results and during the recounting maneuvering took place.

Amid this backdrop, Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI, who already had a working relationship during the 2015 LG polls in Sindh, once again decided to work together to protect the mandate. Both parties agreed to form a four-member committee over the issue where the committees will exchange Form-11 in which the candidates of the two parties were declared winners.

However, the joint committee formed between PTI and JI had to exchange Form 11 within a week but failed to reach a consensus and both parties reached the election commission seeking to settle their complaints.

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