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PML-Q urges CEC to take action against by-poll rigging

08 December, 2012

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leaders have asked Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G Ebrahim to take notice of rigging openly committed during the by-election, otherwise the political parties would not trust the slogan of holding fair and transparent elections.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the PML-Q candidate in the bye-election from NA-107 Gujrat, Rehman Naseer, alleged that the Punjab government had proved wrong all the claims of holding of transparent elections by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

"We were assured by the CEC that elections will be held in a transparent, fair manner but the Punjab government has established new worst ever records of rigging, harassment and thuggery in the by-election," he claimed, adding that on the orders of the Punjab Chief Secretary, only 129 Rangers were deployed on 281 polling stations.

He said that the PML-Q pinpointed 100 polling stations where recounting of votes cast would expose the rigging by the PML-N.

Former Gujrat district nazim Chaudhry Shafaat Hussain alleged that son of PML-N candidate Malik Hanif was caught casting bogus vote, and it was also shown by the electronic media, but he was let off afterwards.

He alleged that prior to the election, Shahbaz Sharif had issued instructions to the government machinery that no matter how but the PML-N candidate must win.

He said that PPP leader Waheeda Shah had slapped the presiding officer and she was disqualified and here armed workers of PML-N have been indulging in thuggery as such the PML-Q demand that sou moto action should be taken.

Former minister Mian Imran Masood said that the PML-N candidate got 30 to 35,000 votes through rigging.

He said that elections were intentionally delayed on the pretext of Muharram because Shahbaz was receiving reports that the position of their candidates was weak. He demanded the CEC to examine the live footage reports on TV before announcing the final results.

According to the ECP instructions, the government machinery will not be used in the elections, police in uniform and Special Branch officials will not be present at the polling stations, Rangers will be present at the time of counting of votes, counting of votes will be done in the office of the ECP and arms will not be publicly displayed, but the PML-N candidate did not follow any of the instructions, and as such he should be disqualified, said the PML-Q leader.


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