Blatant election rigging, clashes continue in Karachi

Published: May 11, 2013

Pakistani political party activists clash near a womens polling station after an incident during voting for the general election. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Serious rigging is going on at most polling stations of NA 255 and PS 122 and 128 especially at Asif Government Boys School 36 B Zamanabad, Landhi 4 (NA 255, PS122).

 

PS 128, NA 255 – main Dawood Chowrangi

Some armed men (eyewitnesses say from ANP) tried to spread panic and take over the polling station early in the morning.

However, a rival party (allegedly SSP) supporters resisted strongly as the area is their strong hold.

Security arrangements were very poor as no ranger or army personnel could be seen patrolling the area despite a bomb blast that took place about 2 km from the station.

There were only a few policemen deputed at the gate.

Residents complained that security was poor despite the fact that the polling station was one of the most sensitive due to it’s geographical location and diverse community.

However, the turnout was very high as a large number of voters including women — from a right wing neighborhood dominated by a couple of religious parties — showed up to cast their votes despite the bomb blast at a nearby location.

Some of the voters ET spoke to said they voted without fear and under their free will — apparently no rigging.

At two polling stations of NA 255 and PS 128 located near Choti market between 89 bus stop and Landhi No 1 saw a very high turnout. Women, young, families were voting in large numbers. Most voters ET spoke to said voting was fair. However, one voter who wished not to be named said there is no private area to stamp your vote and nominated political agents present inside the booth could see who was stamping what.

Another voter, who also spoke on condition of anonymity said he was slapped on the face by a political worker who held his hand and made him stamp on a particular symbol by force.

People complained that when the army entered the station, rigging stopped. As soon as they left, it resumed.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Salman
    May 11, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Is this the way how elections are conducted? Army should take over, Pakistan doesn’t deserve democracy.

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  • Mikaail
    May 11, 2013 - 4:40PM

    The picture in the article is not from Karachi. It’s from NA-55 which is in Pindi. Even if you didn’t have any visual proof validating your headline, this comes under inaccurate and false reporting, something ET is well known for. For God’s sake have some journalistic integrity. It’s never too late.

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  • Zafar
    May 11, 2013 - 4:57PM

    “Another voter, who also spoke on condition of anonymity said he was slapped on the face by a political worker who held his hand and made him stamp on a particular symbol by force.”

    Why not just name that particular symbol? Why the media is afraid to name them when everyone knows who they are?

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