Imran demands thumb print verification of votes in four constituencies

Published: May 25, 2013
Imran Khan alleged that ROs were involved in rigging. PHOTO: AFP /FILE

Imran Khan alleged that ROs were involved in rigging. PHOTO: AFP /FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan demanded that the Election Commission re-verify votes through thumb impression in four constituencies, and urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take action against returning officers who were involved in rigging during the May 11 polls, Express News reported.

Addressing PTI members who had gathered at D-chowk in Islamabad to protest against poll rigging, Imran said through a video link from Lahore, that it’s the duty of Chief Justice and Chief Election Commissioner to listen to the hue and cry of people who believe that results of 25 to 30 constituencies were manipulated.

“Listen to the people who are on the roads now. They want fingers prints’ verification in the constituencies where polls were rigged on elections day.”

The PTI chief said that it was the responsibility of the chief election commissioner to ensure free and fair elections and only the CJP had the power to take action against Returning Officers.

Imran alleged that returning officers had played their part in rigging. He was of the opinion that all political parties agreed that the elections were rigged as returning officers were involved in manipulating results on May 11.

“Returning officers were equally responsible for rigging in the 11th May polls.”

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 25, 2013 - 1:37AM

    Can Imran Khan elaborate about which four constituencies he is talking about?

    This news item does not clarify the areas.


  • kala_bacha
    May 25, 2013 - 1:51AM

    Mr. IK stop been crying child. Go and start preparing for future government and bring some solid agenda. These crying episodes don’t move the country.


  • Ricky
    May 25, 2013 - 1:51AM

    IK and PTI want this election to be never ending. They are the sore losers and do not want to accept people’s verdict. The people have spoken loud and clear. ANP, PPP have heard them and accepted even in defeat but the TTP endorsed IK cannot be graceful.
    PTI and IK would not stop at anything less than half a dozen more seats to give them a victory of sorts even if they would be more than 100 seats behind PML-N. They want to grab whatever they can by claiming to be leader of opposition.


  • usman
    May 25, 2013 - 1:55AM

    Can’t you find a better picture to put in there, like the one from D – chowk gathering.


  • May 25, 2013 - 1:59AM

    He’s always demanding something or the other.


  • irfan
    May 25, 2013 - 2:20AM

    It looks he has lost his wisdom. What does this fellow wants? He should better ask for the finger prints of all those more than 8 crores of voters, may be thus only he can be satisfied.


  • confused
    May 25, 2013 - 3:32AM

    Which 4 constituencies?


  • Effendi
    May 25, 2013 - 3:32AM

    Enough. Please let the govt. work. You lost, quite miserably, all over the country, except KPK, where there were reports of intense rigging in your favor (300% turnout.)
    You are an idealist, IK, not a realist. Good you got the bitter check of reality.
    Hopefully you will learn from this election. Now show some maturity and make KPK an exemplary province so that Pakistanis vote for you next time.


  • skhan
    May 25, 2013 - 3:41AM

    Weren’t we moving along with democratic process where public has right to protest and be heard? Don’t push to derail the whole system for “4 constituencies”! If a political party has reservations and demanding verification then that is the best possible course one can follow!


  • Muhammad
    May 25, 2013 - 4:00AM

    Bad looser


  • IK
    May 25, 2013 - 4:50AM

    Unfortunately neither the media nor judiciary is listening to what Imran Khan has been saying.


  • Aphtab
    May 25, 2013 - 7:17AM

    Why go running to the CJP. Go to the newly elected parliament and sort your problems there.


  • Usman786
    May 25, 2013 - 8:19AM

    yes IK and Mush…feel sorry for you that we donot need leaders like you. we like incompetant and corrupt leaders who steal our wealth and give us peanuts by taking loans/paying interest so that our kids suffer too in this power game. let them die


  • kashif
    May 25, 2013 - 8:48AM

    Imran Khan is spot on. If today we do not investigate into these allegations, and we if fail to bring back the confidence of voters into the system, there will be no future for democracy. These people will not come out to vote again. Don’t consider this request as a strategy to win seats for PTI but a necessity to sustainable democracy.


  • Mirza
    May 25, 2013 - 9:25AM

    @Ricky: I agree with your comments.
    @usman: “Can’t you find a better picture to put in there, like the one from D – chowk gathering.”
    Sorry but this is real IK now. Why are you so bothered by his real picture? Get used to the real world.


  • Asad
    May 25, 2013 - 10:04AM

    IK is totally right and all those bashing him are living in a Pakistan that does not work because of these episodes over the last 65 years. If you think that this is how it should work then you are totally wrong. 16-20 hours of load shedding, industries shut down, millions furloughed, every single being suffering. The misery index keeps climbing. Rulers present and future going around begging the entire world, and we think that this how it should be. What a sad state!


  • Ricky
    May 25, 2013 - 10:43AM

    @usman: “Can’t you find a better picture to put in there”
    What is the problem with the real fresh picture? May be you want it touched up like a model? Get real this is real IK now. Learn your lesson God does not like arrogance and elitist attitude. Grow up and get used to the truth. The man was playing his first class cricket in 1960’s and test match in 1971 and he was nowhere to be the youngest player in any case.


  • muhammad sohail irshad
    May 25, 2013 - 11:34AM

    The person in the brown shirt on the left of IK is responsible for IK fall from the lifter. This person seems to his bodyguard.


  • riz
    May 25, 2013 - 11:38AM

    mr. khan. dare to accept people mandate? ur billions rupee compaign fail miserably.


  • Umair Khalid
    May 25, 2013 - 1:04PM

    These are those constituencies about which IK demanding Thumb verification. and there is no bad thing in it. Because IK has accepted PMLN mandate and he is only demanding for democracy and free n fair elections in Future,as a result which will strengthen the Democracy and Peoples trust on Election which will further increase the Turn Out.
    NA 110 122 125 154.


  • irfan
    May 25, 2013 - 1:11PM

    What are the psychological effects of spinal fractures?

    “In addition to medical complications, patients with spinal fractures can experience depression, anxiety, and lowered self-esteem. The alterations in lifestyle that accompany severe kyphosis can profoundly affect well-being and cause feelings of isolation and sadness”

    Perhaps these are the reasons for his present attitude.


  • moeed
    May 25, 2013 - 3:11PM

    Ik is right, justice have to prevail, its not constituty its future of the nation, no society can live/prosper without justice, long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sana
    May 25, 2013 - 8:49PM

    I don’t understand why people have such a problem with this. Everything he said makes sense. Recounting the votes does not guarantee that PTI will win. Imran Khan is not taking this stance because he thinks he’s been cheated out of his seats. He’s taking this stance because a significant majority feels they’ve been cheated of their vote. The protest was not staged by only PTI, all those parties who feel they’ve been cheated were present. This is only for the better. If people in the country want to just sit behind a keyboard and criticize our poor state, and hate on people who are actually passionate about this country and want things to change for the better then hey that’s their choice. but they better not complain about unemployment, terrorism, loadsheding, inflation, water shortages/quality, and the corrupt law and order system. If these people think that bringing these corrupt politicians back in power is going to solve all their problems then maybe I am missing something. it’s like saying 1+1=3… exactly its wrong and it makes no sense. it’s not about being a sore looser it’s about justice and its about democracy. These people here who think that this all just another drama, they should all go open a histroy book. Never in the history of Pakistan have we ever had fair elections. We must fight for our rights.

    this is about JUSTICE and this is about PAKISTAN. we are all pakistanis, WE ALL NEED TO STICK TOGETHER. No matter what political party we support at the end of the day its all about pakistan. So please I request eveyone on here to stop with the hate, and look past the ethnic and political differences and stand up for justice. This is our country and we are responsible for it. We can’t use a dirty rag to clean up our mess.


  • Khan
    May 26, 2013 - 6:00PM

    To make this and future elections credible in Pakistan as a policy we need to verify every thumb impression before the announcements of the final results and also post army on every polling station to make sure the voter is not harassed or influenced in how to vote and the safety of the casted votes and people responsible for fraud should be given exemplary punishment so nobody in future will ever attempt this.


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