LG polls: ECP to conduct re-elections in over 300 polling stations

ECP PRO says election commission received complaints of irregularities and mishaps during polling on May 30


Baseer Qalandar June 15, 2015
PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/ EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: The Election Commission of Pakistan is planning to conduct re-elections in over 300 polling stations in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, ECP PRO Sohail Ahmed told The Express Tribune on Monday.

Ahmed said the election commission received complaints of irregularities and mishaps during polling on May 30 and has hence decided to conduct polls again in tehsil, village and neighbourhood councils in 13 districts. He added reports have also been received by the returning officers regarding the disturbances on the election day.

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According to the ROs’ reports, re-elections would be conducted in 26 polling stations in Peshawar, 87 in Nowshera, 47 in Charsadda, 42 in Mardan, 17 in Swabi, 68 in Karak, 11 in Abbottabad, nine in Lakki Marwat, seven in DI Khan, five in Kohat, six in Hangu and in Buner polls will be conducted again in only one polling station.

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Election tribunals had been set up across the province and the district and session judges heard the cases of rigging and irregularities.

Ahmed said the ECP also has the power to order re-elections if undeniable evidence of rigging is provided to it.

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COMMENTS (7)

Lakhkar Khan | 5 years ago | Reply Yousafzai Khan, You are spot on. Most rigging of all is done in Pervaiz Khattak's hometown of Nowshehra, where 2 members of his family were contesting election. Could it be a coincidence? I don't think so.
Lakhkar Khan | 5 years ago | Reply @Ranjha: Even a better question, how is EC going to avoid a repeat of the hooliganism by the biggest poll riggers in the history of Pakistan? Do you expect honesty from Murad Saeed who was qualified to contest the election with a fake degree, or from Ali Amin Gandapure who not only stole the ballot boxes and put the in them car, assaulted the EC official, fired shots toward the crowd who was trying to stop the stealing of ballot boxes? Imran "Khan" is a fraud starting all the way from his last name. Naya Pakistan my foot.
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