How journalists saw the general elections

Speakers allege results were rigged, outcome had already been decided

Our Correspondent August 07, 2018
Pins with images of Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), are pictured at a market a day after general election in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS.

KARACHI: In the two weeks since the general elections, the leaders of several political and religious parties and journalists have alleged that the results were rigged and delayed as the outcome had already been decided.

At a seminar, 'What did the journalists see on Election Day?', held at the Karachi Press Club on Monday, Pakistan Peoples Party's Saeed Ghani said alleged that he was stopped at many places on election day and that PPP banners and flags were removed prior to the elections.

The seminar was organised by the Karachi Union of Journalists (Dastoori) and attended by many journalists, reporters, Ghani, Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra and others.

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Ghani said that the provincial election commissioner does not meet anyone.

He shared that a polling booth was put in place at a polling station at 7:45 am.

"The ECP [Election Commission of Pakistan] put up two polling booths in a room so that the turnover of the voters would be less. It presented the excuse that the presiding officer does to know how to make Form 45 while the returning officer was not ready to take any application from the candidates," he lamented.

He also alleged that the results were delayed and despite claims of strict monitoring of ballot papers, many stamped ones were found from a garbage dump in Qayyumabad.

"The polling process was slow and our agents were not included in the vote casting process and they were driven out of the polling station," he informed.

Vohra, addressing the seminar, said that Karachi was included in the election to complete the numbers.

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He alleged that the results had been decided before the elections. He said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf received 25% votes from Karachi and it was given 14 seats.

He said that it is the responsibility of the ECP to implement the rules and regulations.

Based on the population of the city, there should be 30 National Assembly seats, he said, adding that despite their reservations, they were praying for the government to complete its term.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2018.


Sajid Abbasi | 3 years ago | Reply It is really shocking to me that a newspaper like Tribune can be so reckless about the lead. your lead of the story shows the viewpoint of Journalist while you didn't mention it. for me, it is not only unethical but dishonesty too.
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