ECP rejects MQM demand for re-polling in entire NA-250 constituency

PTI demands re-polling across Karachi city.


Web Desk May 17, 2013
Farooq Sattar wanted fair elections for all of Karachi. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rejected Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) request to conduct re-polling in the entire constituency of NA-250 Karachi, Express News reported on Friday.  

The commission issued orders to the Chief Secretary Sindh and IG Sindh to ensure proper security on the election day for 43 selected polling stations of the constituency. The ECP also asked for deployment of army personnel inside the polling booths.

MQM leader Farooq Sattar had earlier demanded all polling stations of the NA-250 constituency in Karachi to be re-polled.

Sattar had addressed the media shortly after the ECP confirmed its decision to conduct re-polling at 43 compromised polling stations.

According to Sattar, the remaining 142 polling stations of NA-250 experienced the same disorganisation and chaos the 43 selected stations faced. Ballot boxes did not reach on time and in some cases, they never reached at all.

Farooq further stated it would be unfair to deny the same right to re-poll to all the voters in the constituency.

“It’s not about us, it’s about the disenfranchisement of voters”, he added.

PTI demands 

Arif Alvi, candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) asked for re-polling across Karachi, while speaking to the media from the same place.

According to him, polling conducted in the city of Karachi was not free and fair and referred to video evidence of rigging aired on different television channels.

"Our stance is that, free and fair elections are key for the success of Pakistan", he added.

COMMENTS (54)

Lion | 9 years ago | Reply

@Bubli: Really! Defence and Clifton is whole Karachi? get a life and stop crying like a baby and PTIrs sadly very immature in politics!...KARACHI WANT ELECTION IN WHOLE PAKISTAN AFTER CENSUS AND DELIMITATION.

Tiger of Ranthampur | 9 years ago | Reply

All of the political parties do not raise their voice against PPP or PML N strongholds. JI particularly attempted in various ways to recapture its influence in Karachi since 1985. In other efforts to attract the youths of Pakistan at large, JI launched Pasban, Shabab-e-Milli and then PTI. Finally, PTI seems to work with the Talibans' victims of KPK people. They probably need some shelter from Talibans and they are willing to handover government to their agents.

In contrast, people of Karachi and Hyderabad are determined to face all conservative and their agents (in the face of modern or naya Pakistan) despite continue threats from their partners Talibans. DHA/Clifton moderate and literate people should read JI Chief statement that PTI and JI ideologies are same after the election and at the time of consensus of formulation of coalition government in KPK. Do you want same ideology govern in Karachi? No way, Karachities will not allow this to happen.

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