PTI accuses ECP member of complicity in electoral rigging
07 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTI) has expressed amazement at the statement made by ECP member Punjab, Justice (retd) Riaz Kiyani, wherein he referred electoral rigging charges levelled by PTI chairman Imran Khan as "a set of irreconcilable lies".
PTI Central Secretary Information, Dr Shireen Mazari said on Thursday it was evident that the ECP member had not gone through the 2500-page PTI White Paper on electoral rigging along with its video evidence as well.
The set of this White Paper was sent to the ECP almost two weeks ago and it was hoped that the members would go through it to rectify things for the future. But it seems it was too close to the truth to be comfortable for Kiyani, she added.
For example, while most of the provincial secretaries were changed in Punjab by the Election Commission of Pakistan/interim Punjab Government, while the Punjab Secretary (Schools), Aslam Kamboh, and the Home Secretary, Shahid Khan, who had been appointed by the previous Punjab Government, were not changed.
She pointed out it was evident from the names and offices of the presiding officers that a large number of the presiding officers were employees of the Punjab Education Department and were under the direct supervision, control and instructions of, inter alia, the secretary (schools) who clearly owed his appointment and loyalty to the PML-N government.
Similarly, Punjab Police was deputed at all polling stations and was under the administrative control of the home secretary who was also a PML-N appointee. This was a critical factor in the large-scale rigging that was seen during and after the polling.
As was stated in the petition submitted to the SC by Imran Khan, "the most shocking thing that happened during the course of the elections was the obvious bias of certain members of the ECP in favour of a political party which had nominated them as members of the ECP. "Justice (retd) Riaz Kiyani was more of a representative of PML-N than a member of the ECP."
She alleged that Kiyani seemed to be fully complicit in the election rigging in the Punjab. It was extremely unfair of ECP to allow its member from a certain province to supervise elections in that province particularly when he was a nominee of a political party that had its government in that province."