PTI demands army to step inside polling stations to stop rigging

Published: May 11, 2013

A PTI supporter sits in a queue waiting for his turn to cast vote outside a polling station in Jalozai camp. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) demanded the army to step inside the polling stations to stop the alleged rigging going on during the elections.

PTI candidate in Karachi Zubair Khan held a press conference in which he blamed the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of carrying out rigging at several polling stations. “In Shah Faisal Colony, MQM workers told people that their votes have been already cast,” he said.

“It is unfortunate that 70% of the voters had come out to vote for the PTI, but the MQM who had been acting as a victim was the one involved in creating hindrances. MQM did this because it was terrified of losing seats,” he further alleged.

PTI leader Dr Arif Alvi said that the elections were being conducted in a criminal manner. “MQM men were deployed as staff so that they do not turn up at polling stations,” he said.

He said that the PTI was being forced to boycott the elections but it will not happen.

“I urge the people to stay out till their vote is cast,” Alvi said while advising the election commission to extend the polling time till midnight.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • ashar
    May 11, 2013 - 4:12PM

    Had the army been there from time zero the situation could have been avoided. Now we have problems at so many places.

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  • May 14, 2013 - 12:27PM

    There are even more options people can use like computerized elections which can also help in decrease the rigging..

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  • Diamond
    May 15, 2013 - 5:55PM

    People are ready for fair elections in the country in either cases of computerized elections or strict ARMY security, but again rest of the decision is in the hand of authorities.

    Would that ECP had allowed ARMY inside the polling stations.

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