PTI wants recount with fingerprint verification in 4 constituencies

Party chief Imran Khan presents demand before election commission, asks them to remove reservations in three days.

Web Desk May 15, 2013
File photo of PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Wednesday presented his demands before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and asked that they accept them within three days.

In a pre-recorded message played before the media in Lahore, Khan said that they were demanding a recount in four constituencies, but the election commission should verify the votes with fingerprints.

He said the party had reservations over the results of 25 National Assembly seats.

Protesters in Karachi and Lahore have been demonstrating since May 12 against the results of the general elections. The protesters allege that rigging took place and polling at some stations was purposely delayed.

The PTI chief said that this was the first time the country had seen such a high turnout and the election commission should investigate the allegations or the people would be disappointed.

‘Will work with Nawaz Sharif to resolve major issues’

Imran Khan said that despite the differences between him and Nawaz Sharif, both had agreed to work together to resolve major issues being faced by Pakistan. He said terrorism was one of the biggest issues that needed to be resolved.

“I have spoken to General Kayani as well, we all want solutions to these problems.”

‘Chance to make a modern province’

Khan said that this was the first time PTI had been given the chance to form a government, and they had the opportunity to make Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa a modern province.


Nirmeen | 11 years ago | Reply

This thumb verification could only identify completely bogus votes. If the voter actually went through the entire voting process and rigging was done in the form of switching of his/her vote, this thumb verification will not hold ground; as the thumb prints on the ballot counter foil and verification sheet would be genuine and the vote switched. The only way it could be totally verifiable was if thumb prints were used on the actual ballot paper.

I hope that PTI has considered this and selected the sample request accordingly.

Zubair | 11 years ago | Reply

I am 45 years old (not so youthful) & voted for the 1st time , in NA-49 Islamabad, there were long ques since 8.AM the people voted for PTI 70% and PML 30% , Till late night PTI candidate was winning with huge margin and I went to bed early morning than to my utter shock the PML-N candidate won when I woke-up please visit the area and see for your self. I have lost faith in the institutions of Pakistan, one had hoped this time elections were under the judiciary and that their was some hope now. The role of one major news outlet was so biased that some how one felt that they were the spokesperson of PML-N it was the most rigged election and can be compared with the countless Presidential Referendums in opinion of some honest journalists.** ECP has surely failed.

Footnote: during election night Mian sahib came on live TV and advised his benefactors inside and out side of Pakistan that he would need simple majority in parliament otherwise its of no use (read rigging). I think the whole nation saw it , now decide for yourself my dear Pakistanis was the out come rigged or you still believe otherwise.

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