Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, the MPA-elect for Sindh Assembly from PS-129 and leader of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi, resigned from his seat on Monday, attributing his decision to allegations of electoral manipulation.
In a press briefing, Rehman disclosed discrepancies between the vote count indicated on Form 45, which showed him receiving 26,000 votes, and the official results declaring him the winner with 30,464 votes. He mentioned that an independent candidate, supported by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), had secured more votes, leading him to challenge the integrity of the results by offering to vacate his seat.
Hafiz Naeemur Rehman was initially announced as the contest winner for PS-129, Karachi Central-VIII, based on provisional figures released by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
In response to concerns over the election’s integrity, JI has initiated calls for sit-in protests outside the ECP office, advocating for a comprehensive examination of the 2024 general election results. The party’s National Assembly candidates have echoed apprehensions regarding the election’s outcome, planning demonstrations to underline their demands.
JI has officially requested a revision of the election results per Form 45, emphasizing the need for rectification to ensure the credibility and fairness of the electoral process. Form 45 plays a pivotal role in the election framework, serving as a comprehensive record of the vote count at individual polling stations.