PTI challenge NA-122 by-poll result again, accuse PML-N of technical rigging


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has once again challenged the election result of NA-122 Lahore alleging that an ‘electoral fraud’ has been committed by transferring votes without consent of voters.
The runner up candidate of PTI Aleem Khan filed a petition today with Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) accusing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz of technical rigging.
The runner up, in petition, urged ECP to declare the October 11 by-poll null and void.
“We have stronger evidence than we did before to deseat Ayaz Sadiq,” said Aleem Khan while talking to reporters outside ECP.
National Assembly (NA) Speaker and PML-N leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who contested the NA-122 by-election against Aleem Khan in October reclaimed the ‘Takht-i-Lahore’, from which he had been deseated by an election tribunal in August this year.
The tribunal’s decision followed a petition submitted by PTI Chairman Imran Khan who had challenged the 2013 election result on grounds of rigging.
Sadiq had been elected to the NA from the same constituency in the 2013 general election, defeating PTI Chairman Imran Khan for the seat.
Aleem Khan made Sadiq and at least 10 others party to the petition filed with the ECP today.
The party today alleged the PML-N attempted technical rigging in the by-polls, saying that votes had been deleted and new voters were registered.
A PTI press release says that between the 2013 general election and Oct 2015, 30,500 voters were added, transferred, or deleted from electoral rolls in the constituency.
During this time period, the party says, only 7,000 new voters came of age and were automatically recorded. Of the remaining 23,000 voters, the records of only 812 voters were provided to the PTI by the ECP.
The ECP said that providing records of the rest of the voters is the responsibility of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
Aleem Khan claimed NADRA had not given the party any record despite being approached twice.
The party said the ECP, under the 1974 Electoral Rules Act should take suo motu notice, dismissing the results of the by-poll and ordering an inquiry into the incident.