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.
آن لائن ووٹرز کی فہرست بار بار کی درخواست کے باوجود ھمیں نہیں دی گئ— Khawaja Saad Rafique (@KhSaad_Rafique) October 14, 2018
ووٹر لسٹ کے حصول کے لئے لاھور ھائیکورٹ سے رجوع کیا تو فہرست ملی
پولنگ سکیم میں آخری مرحلے پر تبدیلی کیوں کی گئ
نتائج کے حصول کے لئے اپنا حق مانگنا دباؤ نہیں ۔۔مطالبہ ھے— Khawaja Saad Rafique (@KhSaad_Rafique) October 14, 2018
ھم کسی کے کام میں مداخلت نہیں کرتے
مسلم لیگ ن اس بار گڑبڑ برداشت نہیں کرے گی
آر ٹی ایس سسٹم آج پھر اچانک کیوں کام کرنا چھوڑ گیا ھے ؟؟؟— Khawaja Saad Rafique (@KhSaad_Rafique) October 14, 2018
198 پولنگ سٹیشن کے بعد بقیہ 44 پولنگ سٹیشن کے نتائج کیوں اور کہاں رکے ھوۓ ھیں ؟؟؟
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