ECP takes notice of Saad Rafique's comments on by-poll conduct

Published: October 15, 2018
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PML-N leader says party will not tolerate 'another rigged election'. SCREENGRAB/FILE

PML-N leader says party will not tolerate 'another rigged election'. SCREENGRAB/FILE

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday took exception to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique comments claiming that the party would not tolerate another ‘rigged election’.

“The ECP has made it clear that nobody has the right to exert pressure on electoral body and its staff,” the ECP statement reads.

The body further added that it would not tolerate any interference in its affair.

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Rafique had expressed his reservation over polling process and underlined: “We will stage protests if the results are changed. The PML-N was not given a level playing field.”

He added that his party workers had been arrested and strong arm tactics were used.

The PML-N leader said that “we had accepted rigged election results before [July 25 polls] and took oath to strengthen democracy.” He added that the party, however, would not accept a rigged polls this time round.

Rafique said that the opposition had joined hands to restore the democratic process, as well as, calling for no interference in the election results.

The former railways minister was contesting from NA-131, where he defeated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Humayun Akhtar Khan by securing 60,352 votes to the latter’s 50,155.

Rafique said that results of two polling stations were yet to be announced but he had still won by thousands of votes regardless. 

The seat was vacated by PTI chairman Imran Khan after the July 25 general elections.

Rafique speaks out

The PML-N leader also spoke out via Twitter saying that the ECP should try to improve the RTS system instead of taking notice of what he said.

He said that how was it possible that after results from 198 polling stations had been counted, results from 44 polling stations were withheld.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • rao amjad ali
    Oct 15, 2018 - 11:04AM

    The question that he should answer is: Khalai Makhlooq, whence it came and where it went?Recommend

  • F Khan
    Oct 15, 2018 - 11:42AM

    The whole joint opposition is shouting in the parliament, out-side the parliament and in the press that Election 2018 has been rigged.So if SR said that whats the problem.ECP need to relax and find out why the RTS system failed on 2018 Election day.Recommend

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