Hold election officers accountable before re-elections in NA-125, Imran asks ECP

PTI chief says his party will pressurise POs and ROs to disclose who made them rig elections


Web Desk May 04, 2015
PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Welcoming an election tribunal's decision to hold re-elections in NA-125, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold the presiding and returning officers involved in electoral rigging accountable.

“We will pressurise them (POs, ROs) to disclose who asked them to rig the elections,” said Imran while addressing the press in Islamabad on Monday.

The PTI chief added re-elections should be held after the election officers are held accountable as the government could rig the elections again.

Rejecting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique’s claim that he was not involved in rigging and it was all the incompetency of election officers, Imran said the election tribunal could only declare if the election was held in a free and fair manner.

“The judicial commission will decide who planned and carried out rigging in 2013 election,” he said.

Read: Election tribunal rules in favour of PTI in NA-125, announces re-polling

Regarding the forensic results of NA-122, Imran demanded the ECP to provide the results at the earliest, adding that the verdict of Jahangir Tareen’s constituency will also be out by the end of this month.

The former cricketer argued that local government elections could not be linked to the general election as even Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid had district nazims in Punjab but the PML-N swept elections in Punjab.

Earlier in the day, an election tribunal ruled in favour of PTI, announcing re-polling in the coveted NA-125, Lahore Cantt constituency.

The decision came after the tribunal found irregularities in the polls that were held in the constituency in the May 2013 general elections.

COMMENTS (19)

Zahir | 6 years ago | Reply Skeptics will believe IK after they see KPI turned around, which should happen by the end of this year, which is IKs target. He says PTI government is already working on lady reading hospital, and applying SK model to its operations. They will extrapolate the model to the entire province. PTI's effort to change the police in KPK has already picked up momentum. PTI. Efforts to change Education is also underway in full swing. IK believes in long term goals, where as NS is for turning things into gold overnight, by hook or by crook. His family maintains ownership worth billions of dollars outside Pakistan, and that is first priority, in all his national decisions. NS and Zardari are in cahoots with each other, I scratch your back and you scratch mine. It is true China 46 billlion dollar investment & the corridor will bring some vital change to Pakistan, but in the absence of accountability, it can never change Pakistan into a large middle class society. Because, old habits don't die, and Pakistan has already seen influx of billions of dollars, and huge projects, which have now kind of fizzled out, in the absence of indiscriminate accountability, Indiscriminate accountability does not differentiate between a head of state and a ordinary citizen, in the application of law or enforcement on a daily basis.
Tamoor Akbar | 6 years ago | Reply Imran khan never give up best of luck
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