Poll rigging: PTI’s Haripur MNA suspended

Published: January 1, 2014
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File photo of an elderly  person casting his vote in Haripur on May 11, 2013. PHOTO: PID

File photo of an elderly person casting his vote in Haripur on May 11, 2013. PHOTO: PID

ABBOTABAD: The Election Tribunal Abbottabad suspended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Dr Raja Amir Zaman’s assembly membership on charges of rigging on Tuesday and ordered re-elections on seven polling stations of NA-19 Haripur.

Dr Zaman defeated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Gohar Ayub in the general elections, who later challenged the results. Dr Zaman emerged as the winner after the recount on all 437 stations of the constituency.

Ayub, however, moved the Supreme Court and sought a re-election. According to his petition, several polling bags did not have relevant voters list or counterfoils of ballot papers; indicative of rigging.

The apex court referred the case to the election tribunal which then suspended Dr Zaman’s membership and ordered a re-election on polling stations Alloli, Mamrial, Bagra Number 2, Kalinjar, Ghazi Hamlet and two polling stations of Khalabat Township.

Dr Zaman had defeated Ayub from these polling stations with a heavy margin.

The tribunal headed by Ziauddin Khattak also dismissed a petition filed by Shahid Amin Khan, a former union nazim, who sought Dr Zaman’s disqualification on the basis of concealment of assets and non-payment of taxes.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2014.

Correction: Due to an editing error, Gohar Ayub’s name was written incorrectly. The error has been fixed.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Common Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:37PM

    Let’s see how PTI trolls either totally ignore this news or twist the facts on Twittershpere.

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  • Jan 1, 2014 - 12:42PM

    Happy 2014 to PTI ;)

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  • vick
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:42PM

    PTI must clarify its stance over the issue…..transparency is the essence of PTI.

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  • PTI supporter
    Jan 1, 2014 - 12:58PM

    Let’s kick him out of the party.

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  • Shahzad Sohail
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:12PM

    It’s fine if this is the real case.But what about the PML-N. Has any of their candidate been suspended till now? Justice for all not for selected people.

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  • Truthserum
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:17PM

    Why only Na 19? Re polling must be done in NA 250 Karachi too because of institutionalized rigging by the election commission

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  • Hatim
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:47PM

    @Truthserum

    At one station Farooq Sattar won 25000 votes (not rounded up. Exact!) while his next competition won zero. Until reelection doesn’t take place in all of Karachi, the ECP and democracy as a whole in Pakistan is a farce.
    In NA250 my mother went to a polling station where after a 6 hours delay an armed man tried to steal the ballot box. He was beaten up by the public and taken away by the police.

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  • Hassan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 1:50PM

    @Common Pakistani
    it wont be ignored … and if he has done anything wrong he should be punished…that will be PTI stance … but do look at the fact that he has not taken any stay from a court against the tribunals decision unlike PML N candidates in Lahore including Speaker Ayaz Sadiq

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  • Rayan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Dear ET Editors, a correction:

    1) Raja Amir Zaman defeated Omer Ayub Khan, not Gohar Ayub.

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  • sardarzaheer
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:39PM

    Dr. Raja Amir Zaman enjoys real popularity among people of Haripur as he enjoys this respect from his ancestors, now why a stance of dictator’s grandson seems justified to people…petty on Election 2013 where even those who got real votes are in trouble and those who have did all possible unfair means are enjoying power…

    he will win again anyway from these 9 polling and with substantial margin…

    Its worth mentioning i m not a PTI supporter and i will support all people standing on right…

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  • hasan
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:41PM

    Good decision but still what about the four constituencies IK have asked?? we need recounting of 4 constituencies as well !!

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  • tired of idiots
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:42PM

    You people either don’t see or don’t have the capacity to see things in more than just black and white. How easy is it for procedural irregularities to occur without any candidate being involved? How easy is it for the losing candidate to create irregularities and then ask for a reelection?

    Is there an allegation of voter fraud? Or false votes? Or ballot box stuffing? No. This is simply voter lists not being attached or missing counter foils.

    The election was flawed. By elections will be easier to rig because no one is paying attention anymore and administrative control is now firmly in the hands of the federal government.

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  • Abrar R
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:51PM

    Strange how the 100s of seats won by N are not even discussed or explored by the courts. LOL =))

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  • hammad
    Jan 1, 2014 - 2:54PM

    lol, PTI, the most pure party lol!!

    PTI didn’t rig elections? myth busted

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  • PTI troll
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:06PM

    @Common Pakistani:
    Excellent news. We dont want any crooks in PTI. Hope this reaction from a PTI troll satisfies you?

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  • xor
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:20PM

    “”According to his petition, several polling bags did not have relevant voters list or counterfoils of ballot papers; indicative of rigging.

    Seems election commission officials doing bad job, little to do with the candidate involvement of rigging.

    PTI has no problem with re-election, but it should be the same for others constituencies, there should not be selective approach.

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  • Zaida
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:50PM

    Looks like everybody was involved in match fixing during elections

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  • Ghostrider
    Jan 1, 2014 - 3:55PM

    @Hatim:
    Dude considering what PTI has turned out to be, re election in Karachi will be a disaster for PTI. Karachi has rejected JI for past two decades and PTI has turned out to be really close to JI in stances.

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  • Mohammed
    Jan 1, 2014 - 4:15PM

    So the PML rig elections throughout Punjab and nothing is done but one PTI guy does something wrong then it is said that this is how the PTI operates. If he has done wrong-punish him but what about all the rigging in Punjab?

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  • Umer
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:18PM

    Surprisingly. Rigging where Imran Khan was saying. Then it still could not decide., But where the PML [N] was lost. Away without any interruption PML [N] in right of decision made​​. has injustice it

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  • Syed Hasib
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:19PM

    Shame but PTI has always done this,they scream like the pure and honest party but in reality they are covering up their rigging by doing all that drama ,now what diff does it make if they expell this man from party ,they have already done corruption .Finally PTI has exposed

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  • ali ahmed
    Jan 1, 2014 - 5:31PM

    it shows no party is clean..

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  • fawad
    Jan 1, 2014 - 7:06PM

    So only one candidate from 2013 elections was found to be involved in rigging. All others were elected on merit including 160 MNAs of Pmln.

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  • Anon
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:04PM

    And all of Karachi and all of Lahore?

    Basically it seems the courts and the ECP will do everything except verify the four constituencies pointed out to them by the PTI!

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  • Md
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:12PM

    Well by this logic whole Pakistan must have re election

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  • Mehraj
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:47PM

    Its Omer Ayub, not Gohar Ayub.

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  • haider
    Jan 1, 2014 - 8:48PM

    Dr Zaman emerged as the winner after the recount on all 437 stations of the constituency.
    Ayub, however, moved the Supreme Court and sought a re-election. According to his petition, several polling bags did not have relevant voters list or counterfoils of ballot papers; indicative of rigging.

    This shows how supreme court is swift against PTI and on the other hand giving stay orders to those who rigged election in Lahore. Secondly, it is same thing what IK is saying that several polling stations did not have relevant voter lists… Why the delay is there?

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  • Jibran
    Jan 1, 2014 - 9:48PM

    Why Supreme Court and the Election Tribunal were so quick to make a decision on this one?

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  • Baba PK
    Jan 1, 2014 - 10:17PM

    I am a PTI. Member. Justice must be served. Regardless it’s PTI or a PPP or PML-N at the receiving end. That is the only way to save Pakistan.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 1, 2014 - 10:21PM

    Didnt expect rigging from pti what a shame this party is just like others

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  • KB
    Jan 1, 2014 - 11:43PM

    Its nothing more than an act of revenge because Hazara division used to be PML-N stronghold ,and election comission is known puppet of N-league.

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  • Nouman
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:00AM

    Enough is enough. Shame for PTI.

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  • omar
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:08AM

    PMLn all the way. No hope from PTI liars.

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  • asad alvi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:43AM

    we want also Na-250 re polling

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  • asad alvi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:45AM

    kpk election was rigged i dont belive kpk election

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  • Kamran
    Jan 3, 2014 - 9:04AM

    Now we understand why Imran Khan was calling the most rigged elections in Pakistans history.

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  • waheed
    Jan 5, 2014 - 11:57AM

    Its over Raja Amir Zaman not over PTI or Great Khan , other side rigging over PML (n ) or over Shahbaz sharif and Nawaz Sharif and over their silence not to verification of thumb impression.
    Dear Brothers all have the equal rights if PML gets more votes from peoples of pakistan , he have to rule , if PTI gets then its their right, no one has authority to steel the mandate of people of pakistan. if peoples of Haripur voted for Omer Ayoub , we have to respect their vote, PTI will punish Raja Amir Zaman for his rigging if founded.

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  • rehmatullah
    Jan 8, 2014 - 8:07AM

    his excellency Mian Nawaz Sahreef P.M is humbly requested to take appropriate action on price hike and energy crisis.

    Rehmatullah

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