ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that PTI was not involved in rigging the recent elections and is ready for re-elections.
According to the PTI chief, he has never witnessed such grass root democracy as was demonstrated during the local body elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as thousands of people came forward to participate in the elections.
“Around 84,000 people participated in the elections, 41,000 got elected while about 7,000 women got elected in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” Imran said.
“I have never seen such a display of democratic process take place in Pakistan,” he added.
Imran Khan further added that after a conversation with K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, they have unanimously agreed to participate in re-elections, however this time under the Army’s supervision as ECP and Najam Sethi failed to administer free and fair elections.
“I can guarantee that if ECP orders re-polling, PTI will win once again and with a higher number of votes this time,” Khan said.
PTI chief expressed disappointment as he informed the media that the voters did not have enough time or proper guidance to cast seven votes at the polling stations.
On May 30, PTI had streaked ahead of its political rivals in K-P local government elections against the backdrop of violent clashes, mismanagement and inadequate security measures. Its opponents also raised a red flag over the fairness of the poll, accusing the ruling party in K-P of rigging.
Violence and other murky events of the day contributed to the delay in results. Election officials were hesitant to step out of the polling stations, fearing that they might be attacked and the polling material snatched.
At least 11 people were killed and around 62 injured – two women and 60 men, including five policemen – across K-P in election-related scuffles and shooting incidents.