ISLAMABAD: The political parties who have been demanding its cessation, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) looks to have moved over to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s demand and put a “probe” into alleged poll-rigging at a single polling station of a National Assembly seat which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif won in the general elections last year.
Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s fears of large-scale rigging in a Sargodha constituency (NA-68), the poll supervisory body has summoned records of the outcomes.
Prime Minister Nawaz won the National Assembly seat in the last year’s general elections and vacated it, as he retained NA-120 Lahore-III. The seat of NA-68 Sargodha-III is presently held by Sardar Shafqat Hayat from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. The PTI alleges that the total number of registered voters at the polling station number 246 of the NA constituency was 1,510, while 8,176 votes were polled at it, with 7,829 of them to Nawaz Sharif.
NA-68 was one of the multiple constituencies from where Nawaz had contested and won with a big allowance. As stated to an ECP official, it was not possible that this number of votes could have been polled in the precinct.
ECP to “sort out its issues with the political parties alternatively of utilizing to face-saving exercise at the expense of PML-N, the information Minister.” The PTI also refused the ECP’s decision. “We are not impressed with peanuts. This issmall bear but a skin-saving meter,” said PTI’s Chief Election Commissioner Hamid Khan.