PTI not involved in rigging, ready for re-elections: Imran Khan

Published: June 2, 2015
According to Imran Khan, Pakistan has never witnessed such grass root democracy. PHOTO: INP

According to Imran Khan, Pakistan has never witnessed such grass root democracy. PHOTO: INP

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.

Read: ECP orders re-polling in PK-95 after women were reportedly barred from voting

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.

Read: PTI streaks ahead in polls marred by violence

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.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Layman
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Imran Khan is a cancer for status co, that status co is every where, be it Media, Bureaucracy, Judiciary, politicians or establishment, they are trying there utmost to fail him so that no one in future dares to challenge them one talks about that how ANP and other parties who didn’t dared to come out of there bullet proof vehicles in general elections after there own 5 years of government were doing election campaign freely and that in a province who was badly effected with terrorism, the credit goes to one and only 2 yeras old PTI government and KPK police..Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:44PM

    Not only ‘according to Imran Khan’, but it’s a fact that Pakistan hasn’t witnessed devolution of power on such a grand scale. He is the only politician bringing a true change in Pakistan, and it burns the English print media to admit so.Recommend

  • Common Pakistani
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:47PM

    This report does not cover the 3 people killed in Abbottabad today. In any case, congratulations to PTI for winning the elections. However, ET should mention the number of deaths during Balochistan & Cantonment LB & 2013 General elections for comparison. Recommend

  • raider
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:58PM

    it always portrayed by thugs that imran is dishonest, no one could prove and hatching propaganda to fail him, and peoples voting for these monsters are equally responsible. if you don’t believe then see some Indian film where it is always shown that how black forces smartly shift their wrongdoing on honest peoples Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Jun 2, 2015 - 4:42PM

    Imran has called the bluff of the thugs joined against him — let’s see which one of the cowards has the courage to go to election commission to ask for a probe and re election!

    All the institutions in Pakistan, including the media, are CORRUPT to the core and are trying to do whatever they can to fail the Imran juggernaut. But he will steamroll all of YOU, including our pathteic press, which is doing unimaginable damage to our nation.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Jun 2, 2015 - 4:54PM

    Well PTI thinks 2013 general elections were rigged. All other parties think local body elections in KP were rigged let’s have fresh elections in whole country under army’s supervision. We can also use electronic voting to erase any chance of election day rigging. Recommend

  • Waqas Butt
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:01PM

    IK is the only leader of a political party in Pakistan who has no corruption cases against him. He is the only political leader who has devolved power to smaller councils. He is the only political leader in Pakistan who has made the Police force independent from political interference. He is the only leader in Pakistan who is hated by all other political parties and their leaders and he is the only leader who will be stopped from ever coming to power through legal means.
    I believe in you IK, your party for all its faults is still better than the rest!
    Keep up the good work as it causes pain to the dishonest.Recommend

  • Critical Analyst
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Less than 30% of seats won by PTI. Less percentage than what they won in 2013 general elections. This time the CM was from their party. The ROs were from their government departments. Their allies are calling foul play by the CM and IK. With all this and the brilliant performance of the last two years, still they won less percentage of seats than in 2013.

    Who to blame now? Options are running thin. With most nazim slots to go their way, without performance the next election will be an even uphill task to win. And this is in NWFP, their stronghold!Recommend

  • poignant
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:25PM

    Incredible!! That’s the way to shut your critics mouth. All the rat parties had gotten together against PTI in this elections, and were trounced utterly. Even the media got onto the bandwagon in denouncing the achievement, instead of appreciating it. Its a very tall order for fixing the mess that has been created by these status quo parties, but in Imran we have a glimmer of hope now.Recommend

  • Wajahat Hussain
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Imran khan is a brave and honest politician that’s why he is giving an opportunity to the people of other parties who have failed to get success in BD elections held in kpk.a little bit of rigging should be happened that’s why it is needed that the black sheep’s in Pti should also be eliminated from the system and from pti .Imran khan is a honest and fearless man that’s why he is saying on media that I am ready for re election in kpk.and he is right.Recommend

  • Kamran Akmal
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:02PM

    @Critical Analyst:
    How can someone compare local body elections with GE. Number of votes polled are not even 10% of what we see in GE. Secondly, by your scenario PML(N) also won 40% of total seats from 90% in 2013. PML(N)-60, PTI-30 IND-50. What you call that ?Recommend

  • roarwali
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:08PM

    This is a shut up call to all other parties who deliberately created law and order situation to divert the attention from the success: real devolution of power. They can’t digest the success and good faith of the IKRecommend

  • Muneer
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:42PM

    Well done IK and PTI.Recommend

  • raider
    Jun 2, 2015 - 6:59PM

    @Critical Analyst:
    you are still counting votes and percentages, what was subject matter of elections going missed that merit to be addressed, i don’t negate that rigged election is not the case in kpk, imran khan never interferes in police department, it might be possible that some rogue elements had manipulated a faction of police for their political ends, you can not develop 100% fair system, there is always loopholes and leakage in the system which is unavoidable, this hype now should likely to be diminished after imran s announcement of re-election if there have had any rigged votes found enough to affect result in overall, fazal-o-rehman with zero performance in any field of life except manipulating religion believes for political ends clamoring lies seems at full swing, i am pretty sure this time pti would sweep and parties of status quo will enjoy peanut, thanks Recommend

  • Critical Analyst
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:03PM

    @Kamran Akmal:
    We’re talking about NWFP Provincial (35/99 i.e. 35%) and National (17/35 i.e. 49%) Assembly seats for 2013 GE. And we’re talking about percentage of seats (<30% in LG polls).Recommend

  • bilal
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:20PM

    @ critical analyst… kindly get some education before trying to make a political observationRecommend

  • azmat
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:43PM

    All the thugs have joined forces to bail out the biggest thug from the clutches of Judicial commission for rigging in 2013 election. That is their entire focus. PPP, ANP and JUI(F) who had the incumbents govts in 2008 and 2002 elections in KPK made an alliance through seat adjustments and still could not beat PTI. Be it liberal or conservative or centrists, all taken to the cleaners. Although, I feel that Swabi and Swat should have shown better results where ANP has managed to make some lost ground Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 7:59PM

    @Common Pakistani:
    Shame on Imran Khan and PTI for breaking all time elections rigging records. Recommend

  • Atta ur Rehman lodhi
    Jun 2, 2015 - 9:34PM

    IK in not a political tactician but he is increasingly being liked because he speaks truth and is honest.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2015 - 9:42PM

    IK is a honest person and that is why he is liked by people. People do not believe in those who have been tested. It is not understandable that why all tacticians have ganged up against him Recommend

  • Kamran Akmal
    Jun 3, 2015 - 12:57AM

    @Critical Analyst:
    This is what I am saying. You are wrong.
    LG polls and GE are two different things, even a candidate with 30,000 votes in GE can win LG electionsRecommend

  • Kamran Akmal
    Jun 3, 2015 - 1:00AM

    @Critical Analyst:
    I am also comparing results with Punjab. How PTI won seats in Gujranwala, Wah, Attock, Okara, Murree. Had they won any seat from those areas in GE 2013 ?Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Jun 3, 2015 - 9:51AM

    @Critical Analyst:
    Corrections: In 2013 general elections, PTI won 33 out of 99 seats (33%) from the provincial assembly (It won two additional seats; PK-86 and PK-68 in by-elections) and 15 out of 35 seats (42%) out of the national assembly seats (It won two more seats; NA-25 and NA-27 in the by-elections). In the local body elections, till my last updates, PTI won 277 district seats out of 841 results announced (33%). Now please consider that in 2013 elections PTI was competing against ANP, JUI-F and PPP as separate parties. In the local body elections, these three parties (and in some cases, even PML-N) were competing together against PTI throughout the province, which means if they had such an alliance in the 2013 elections, they surly would have won majority of the seats then.
    Now consider these facts and the corrected analysis and decide who gained and who lost. Recommend

  • Critical Analyst
    Jun 3, 2015 - 12:00PM

    Dear in the end it matters how much seats are won by which party. If IK’s attitude does not allow alliances, it’s going to influence the number of seats he wins. This is election strategy. Let’s say if all parties ally against PTI in whole of Pakistan for the next election and PTI wins 30 odd seats again will it matter that all had ganged up? What matters is how much seats PTI has won and can it bring to fruition IK’s ambition to PMship or not. PTI is bound to find electoral strategies by its competitors. This cannot be used as an excuse though.Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Jun 3, 2015 - 2:07PM

    @Critical Analyst:
    Off course PTI needs to gain further ground, agreed. But the propaganda that PTI is losing ground is far from truth. KPK people electing the same party consecutively is unprecedented, isn’t it?Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Jun 3, 2015 - 7:30PM

    I wonder why the complaining parties are not agreeing to reelections as suggested by IK. Obviously because they will losr further. What are they scared off if the reelection takes place under Army supervision? Because they are liars. Recommend

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