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

Published: May 4, 2015
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: INP

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.

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  • Aryan
    May 4, 2015 - 8:08PM

    Imran’s stance is getting vindicated and verified with every passing day. Whatever he said about rigged elections, it is proving to be truth and reality. I feel sorry for those who ridiculed him when he went out for his people. True leader.Recommend

  • Emad Shah
    May 4, 2015 - 8:48PM

    Imran Khan Legend and inshAllah soon to be next PM of Pakistan. He is the only one who can unite Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 4, 2015 - 8:50PM

    Doesn’t mean PMLN rigged the elections. If that was the case Hamid Khan would have been declared winner instead of calling for re-elections. PMLN win the re-elections by same or bigger margin. They just cantonment elections from the same seat.Recommend

  • Zafar
    May 4, 2015 - 8:51PM

    Imran Khan will never be our PM INSHALLAH. No room for liarsRecommend

  • Salim
    May 4, 2015 - 8:51PM

    @Aryan:
    Whatever he said about rigged elections, it is proving to be truth and reality

    Nope! He was completely lying about Karachi. NA 246 results show that with a blow on Imran’s face.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 4, 2015 - 9:03PM

    Imran is avoiding re-election because he knows the result. PML(N) will win again as it has been proved in Cantonment elections.Recommend

  • lkhan
    May 4, 2015 - 9:41PM

    IK’s persistence and determination over the past two years has paid off. For one who has criticised him for the dharnas in this newspaper, my apologies. He was right, there was shameless rigging. That on average each person voted six times in NA-125 is a black mark on the minister of railways – no two ways about it. For much less, ministers and PMs in democratic countries have resigned. Will Pakistan ever learn that its public figures must hold up to certain moral standards, no less, simply said. Or will business as usual proceed?? In which case the nation will continue its course towards leading amongst failed states. Unfortunate, as Pakistanis are immensely capable people, hard working, thrive as immigrants. Given half a chance, they could build a brilliant economy, there is no dearth of good minds…Recommend

  • Blithe
    May 4, 2015 - 10:09PM

    This sorry excuse of a human being is trying to use this as a way to vindicate himself from all the violence and hooliganism used in the Islamabad protests by TuQ and PTI miscreants.

    These are the very same tribunals that Mr. Imran Con was abusing was browbeating on top of the shipping container in the capital city of Pakistan.

    Mr. Imran con should be cursing the day he was born. The very system he was abusing has given him justice , and yet he has no humility , no remorse . Recommend

  • Blithe
    May 4, 2015 - 10:18PM

    @Emad Shah:
    He is a decisive figure .

    His container talk is remibscent of
    mussolini , so is his personal life.

    He does not resonate with the average Pakistan, especially after attacking parliament and PTVRecommend

  • Noman
    May 4, 2015 - 10:35PM

    @Salim:
    Nabil Gabol won NA-246 via thappa mafia. By-poll on that seat shows MQM’s real mandate.Recommend

  • Question
    May 4, 2015 - 10:41PM

    This man just doesn’t give up. Everyone is tired now.Recommend

  • salman
    May 4, 2015 - 11:08PM

    @Question:
    Yes, pmln are especially tired…now that that are getting disqualified. :)Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    May 4, 2015 - 11:23PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    You have a point! This guy is a cricketer and most probably an honest person, but comletely unsuitable for politics. He has proven over time to stirr up a lot but did not match the machivilean master Sharifs tactics. He should better be appointed the Chief Election Commisoner to ensure that honesty is maintained in vote count.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    May 5, 2015 - 12:17AM

    Hello first win the election from these seats then talk next – this whole decision is a stupid decision and nothing else and this is due to jugglery of lawyer Hamid Khan.Recommend

  • Aziz
    May 5, 2015 - 2:34AM

    @Zafar:
    So you are saying, never was a prime minister of Pakistan a lier. Just grab the last twenty years and see if they had spared any kind of lie in front of their people. Recommend

  • zafar
    May 5, 2015 - 3:51AM

    @Zafar:
    Lol. And Saad Rafique, NS, SS are all such big examples of truth and justice! Bravo!Recommend

  • Asad
    May 5, 2015 - 7:46AM

    Ppl will believe what they want to believe & think what they want to think. My suggestion is read full decision with an open mind before forming any opinion. I think this judgement favored PMLN by not declaring Khwaja culprit. In other words the verdict says that POs & ROs rigged the election by themselves for themselves….does that make any sense?Recommend

  • Tamoor Akbar
    May 5, 2015 - 9:48AM

    Imran khan never give up best of luckRecommend

  • Zahir
    May 5, 2015 - 6:25PM

    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.Recommend

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