ECP rejects political parties' claim of 'rigging' on election day

PML-N, PPP, MQM-P and others have pointed the finger at election authority over 'transparency of polls'


News Desk July 25, 2018
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob late Wednesday night quashed the claims of various political parties over rigging on the polling day, Express News reported.

Earlier today Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) have all claimed that the votes cast at various polling stations were changed behind closed doors after their polling agents were thrown out without giving them form-45.

Yaqoob refuted the claims that polling agents were not given Form-45 by saying that "if any party has substantial evidence that foul play occurred bring it forward to us [ECP],"he said.

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"Tell us the polling stations where the polling agents removed from the polling stations," the ECP spokesperson said. "If they're any apprehensions regarding Form-45 bring it into our notice."

"A certain party has claimed that election results are being withheld in Lahore and Rawalpindi, which is utterly false," he added.

Yaqoob went on to say: "I've re-checked with the DROs of both cities and this is not the case at all."

Al political parties, he said, can take Form-45 from the election oversight body. "If there's no evidence, how can this claim even be made."

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