ISLAMABAD: Dismissing the objections raised by Pakistan-Tehreek-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has termed his criticism of the commission as baseless and unwarranted, Express News reported on Wednesday.
The PTI chief had subjected the commission to his harsh criticism for its failure to give him access to election record. He had requested for access to the voting material for NA-122 constituency.
The ECP said it has granted the request on June 18.
“We have offered him access to the record of NA-122 constituency of the National Assembly,” an ECP official said in response to the harsh words used by the PTI chairman yesterday.
The NA-122 constituency had been won by PML-N's Sardar Ayaz Sadiq with 93,389 votes, with the PTI's Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi coming in second with 84,517 votes.
Khan had labeled the May 11 elections as the "most rigged" elections in the history of Pakistan. He also questioned the Supreme Court’s and ECP’s inability to verify all votes by fingerprint readers in the four provinces. He said that political parties could count the votes themselves if they were presented with counterfoils.
He had also alleged that the Returning Officers (RO) played a big role in election rigging.
Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously mentioned that the ECP had termed Imran's rigging claims as baseless. The error is regretted.