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Raja Zafarul Haq urged ECP to release Shehbaz Sharif

13 October, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq has urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to pass orders for the release of Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif.

In a letter written to the electoral commission, Haq sought Shehbaz Sharif’s release under Article 218(3) of the constitution, adding that the arrest would influence the by-elections. “ECP should take notice of Shehbaz’s arrest and direct National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to release him. It is an attempt to influence results of upcoming by-polls,” reads the letter. “ECP should ensure the presence of polling agents inside the polling stations. Long queues of voters should be prevented outside the polling stations. Moreover, the voting process and counting should take place in the presence of polling agents,” the letter demanded.

“Technical issues pertaining to the Result Transmission System should be sorted out and returning officers should hand over signed Form-47 to the polling agents,” the letter added.

Separately, a PML-N delegation met ECP secretary on Friday and apprised him over their concerns regarding by-election in the country.

The PML-N delegation comprised of Marryium Aurangzeb, Senator Chaudhry Tanveer and Sardar Yaqoob Nasir.

Talking to media after the meeting, Marryium Aurangzeb said that they have informed the ECP regarding their reservations and asked him that the counting of votes after the polling should be made in the presence of party polling agents, the practice which was not adopted during the July 25 general election. She said the ECP has been informed that the arrest of party chief Shehbaz Sharif will negatively affect the election process.

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