NA-71 by-election: ECP dismisses PTI's claim of rigging in Mianwali

Published: October 22, 2013
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PTI leaders denounced the by-election as rigged last month. PHOTO: INP/FILE

PTI leaders denounced the by-election as rigged last month. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) claim that the by-election held in NA-71 Mianwali was rigged, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Last month, PTI had filed a petition with the ECP challenging the victory of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Obaidullah Shadi Khel with claims of rigging in NA-71.

Obaidullah had won with 69,799 votes while Malik Waheed managed to attract 56,504.

PTI had accused the federal and Punjab governments of committing vote fraud in the constituency, submitting video recordings of allegedly rigged polling at different stations as evidence.

They had also claimed that their original candidate for NA-71 Ayla Malik, was kept out of the race through connivance with the Rawalpindi Board of Education, which raised objections to her degree.

Accusing the returning officer (RO) from NA-71, provincial government officials, ministers and members of provincial and the National Assembly of being complicit in the act, the PTI petition stated:

“The ECP should call upon inspection of record including ballot papers of by-elections besides getting the voters’ thumb impressions verified by NADRA.”

The ECP dismissed the rigging claims and while hearing another case regarding alleged rigging in NA-122, called in the PTI Chairman Imran Khan for recording a statement on November 12.

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  • Mukhtar
    Oct 22, 2013 - 4:40PM

    What a shame….they even rejected video evidence! What more can one do to get justice?Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 22, 2013 - 4:44PM

    Fight till the END

    PTI all the WAY!!!

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  • Mohammed
    Oct 22, 2013 - 4:51PM

    The PTI is being robbed blind by these crooks. They should take to the streets. Dr TUQ was right, these crooks will never allow fair elections to take place.

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  • Jibran
    Oct 22, 2013 - 4:55PM

    Sharamnaak attitude continues.

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  • Shahzad
    Oct 22, 2013 - 4:56PM

    I have no doubts that Khawaja Saad Rafique’s and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s hands are not clean. Not clean at all. Have a tumb/finger print verification and result wouldn’t be any different than what we’ve sen in Karachi.

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  • tanvir
    Oct 22, 2013 - 5:06PM

    on what grounds did ECP reject the petition? (Qeemay Waley Naan i guess)

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  • zk
    Oct 22, 2013 - 5:15PM

    high time pti stops whining and actually starts showing some performance in the province they got mandate in…where they seem to be quickly losing ground because of their silly senseless decisions or lack of decision should i say !

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  • Blunt
    Oct 22, 2013 - 5:24PM

    Has this man named Babar Awan now joined PTI?

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  • Hasan
    Oct 22, 2013 - 5:34PM

    In Karachi, its inquiry upon inquiry; tribunal upon tribunals. and in Punjab; not body even dares to lauch an inquriy. Case Simply dismissed.

    I wonder wht will happen to PTI’s World Famous DHARNI’s

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  • Oct 22, 2013 - 5:37PM

    @Blunt:
    I also couldn’t believe what I am seeing for sometime until I observed. That’s what politics in Pakistan is all about unfortunately..

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  • Oct 22, 2013 - 6:02PM

    Sorry to accept but PTI has lost its focus. Getting 1-2 more seats will not make much difference. The party should move forward from “crying attitude” over last elections. Blaming “keemeny wale Naan” will bounce back as majority of PTI’s own candidates in Punjab played similar tactics what other did. It should focus on improving its governance in KPK and try to give tough time to PML-N in National assembly. Given vibrant media, PTI should start building its repo for a clean party who can come up with better alternative. And if IK can field better and cleaner candidates in the local body elections, we may see a change over next 2-3 years.

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  • Muhammad
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:05PM

    @[email protected]:
    Babar Awan had offered to take up the case of Ayla Malik to PTI. He still belongs to PPP but offered his Lawyer service to PTI. Don’t mix them up ppl. ThanksRecommend

  • Ameer
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:17PM

    After NA-256 and NA-258, ECP is scared to death of checking.

    Because they know they are in trouble now.

    Try as you may ECP, you will have to bite the bullet… soon.

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  • Dj
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:28PM

    Excuse Corporation Pakistan

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  • Caresless Whispers
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Oh GOD…. the whining continues……..

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  • gop
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Election Commission is as corrupt as Pakistan’s any other institution. I just cannot believe there is no rigging in this or any other constituency. I don’t understand: how come ECP is so sure no rigging took place and also, why is it still not ‘allowed’ to challenge the winning of PMLN seats in Punjab? SC please take notice…

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  • waqas ahmad dar
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:37PM

    good luck pti

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  • Uza Syed
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:38PM

    @Ali: With such ‘bad losers’ (cry babies’) attitude that ultimate “END” (of PTI and its 60 year old ‘teenager’ brained leaders) doesn’t seem too far off. Keep crying wolf and no one gives a hoot about it anymore.

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  • The Failed Rebel
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:43PM

    @zk:
    Is it me or do you clearly lack foresight?
    PTI given mandate in KP? What can a provincial government do in limited funds? How can it stop drones? If it starts to disobey government it would be a rebellion.
    This is utter nonsense to point out “What has PTI done in KP?”
    Do not be mistaken, I am no PTI fan boy, infact I detest the shabby way they are opposing the current government, but will zk think before using your fingers to type.
    Also, you talked about whining? Demanding justice is whining?
    – I really want to avoid hate charades here. But think about ‘law’, ‘accountability’, ‘resistance to unjustice’ tonight. Maybe you will understand.

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  • Ian
    Oct 22, 2013 - 6:47PM

    ECP something to hide? This seems to be a pattern in Punjab. Disgraceful ECP. People deserve to know the truth.

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 22, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Imran Khan file petition only in Karachi…..ECP will accept the petition because ECP biased against Karachi and agaist a particular community….rest of Pakistan it will be dismiss…hope Et will published my comment

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  • Syed A. Hussain
    Oct 22, 2013 - 7:01PM

    From the details of Election rigging, well known to the people of Pakistan and around the world it has established that ECP acted as political party and wholeheartedly supported Dhaadlaa of 2013

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  • The Failed Rebel
    Oct 22, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Enough with marking PTI as ‘whining’ and ‘cry babies’
    If someone loots your house, will you not go to the authorities? or will that be whining?
    If PTI has been denied sears in the NA through injustice then fighting for the right is injustice?
    Woe on those who lack a sense of democracy and accept injustice. Instead of joining hands against tyranny typical hoity-toity N, PPP fan boys dismiss the claims.
    Do all of you belong to the elite class that the policies of this government don’t hurt your pocket?
    I come out on the streets to join protests because it breaks me inside to see a poor labour-class man resorting to organ-donation to support his family.
    Again, I reiterate, I am no PTI-fan boy. I don’t know why PTI acts so calmly against this insane oppression PMLN government is imposing on its people.
    Pakistan needs a cleansing through revolution which topples all establishment, political and economic monarchs. Pakistanis need to join hands under the green and white flag, ditch the parties and take it up to themselves to cleanse the country of the menace.
    ET, don’t sensor, let my people know the truth, let them unite for freedom from the slavery of these monarchs.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Oct 22, 2013 - 9:32PM

    Fighting for justice is whining ? What ECP has done in Karachi must be done in all other such claims in same mañner…..otherswise Dr. Qadri stands vindicated.

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  • Dj
    Oct 22, 2013 - 9:58PM

    @Uza Syed: So according to you asking for justice against a failed electoral system and against rigging is ‘crying’ and it makes the person a ‘bad loser’? Wow! Just remarkable.

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  • naeem khan
    Oct 23, 2013 - 12:26AM

    keep on crying PTI cry babies

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  • kapt slim
    Oct 23, 2013 - 12:47AM

    why they are reluctant to carry out a rechecking ? many doubts have been created due to magnetic ink …

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  • Babar
    Oct 23, 2013 - 3:48AM

    All the major players and status quo is against PTI so why wouldn’t ECP sides with them and rejects PTI claims ??? Does anyone in there right mind could ever believe that Imran khan can Loose against the so called ayaz sadiq from Lahore ???? and jahangir tareen was wining at night 30000 votes and by the morning he was declared Lost … when will ECP open there eyes ??? I think the only way is to hit the roads now otherwise no chance of justice under these crooks ….

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  • Haris
    Oct 23, 2013 - 11:03AM

    What is wrong with these people? ….Asking for Justice is whining? Seriously?
    Will you adapt the same attitude in murder and rape cases also i.e. the victim will be termed as whiner and cry baby after he will continuosuly pursue for Justice?

    This issue is the most important issue of Pakistan and SC should take a notice of this immediately….Truth must be revealed …2013 election was a complete mess and everyone knows about it. Why are video evidences not being accepted, and the difference between votes is also very small. This is uter tyrany with the state, and these dumb pti bashers have are acting completely senseless to the issue.

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