Islamabad - On the eve of by-polls in 41 national and provincial constituencies, PTI Wednesday issued a white paper over what it called ‘massive rigging’ in the May 11 general elections.
Unveiling the 2000-page white paper to newsmen, Imran Khan declared the elections 2013 were massively rigged.
He said his party accepted the results for the sake of democracy; otherwise the whole country would have come to streets on a strike call given by PTI.
“The purpose behind my press conference is not to upset the democratic process but to ensure that corrupt practices were not repeated in future. The people ofPakistanwould lose faith in the whole democratic process, if rigging continued,” Khan added.
He said the voters came out to cast votes in the 2013 elections despite serious security risks throughout the country, but were frustrated to see the results.
“It is for the first time in history that all parties, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz complained about vote-rigging.”
He said, “Our demand for a recount in the four constituencies is only to show an example of rigging and to ensure that this practice is not repeated in future.”
The PTI chairman said a record 400 complaints had been lodged about irregularities in the elections 2013.
In one of the constituencies Sarghoda, the number of registered voter was 3,000 but Nawaz Sharif somewhat managed to get 8,000 votes. Jahangir Tareen had been winning according to the results being displayed on media screens, but after some time he was declared a loser, he said.
Khan said the results issued by polling staff and the announced by returning officers were different.
Referring to the victory speech by Nawaz Sharif after partial announcement of partial results, Khan said PML-N chief was in fact directing some people that he wanted a thumping majority.
“When Nawaz said he wanted to go to come to power with a heavy mandate, he was giving a message to someone,” Khan said.
He also rejected the holding of local bodies elections on non-party basis.
Agencies add: Meanwhile by-elections to 41 seats of national and provincial assemblies across the country would be held Thursday (today).
The Election Commission of Pakistan has completed all arrangements.
The election campaign ended last night but election candidates may visit door-to-door for canvassing. Army has been deployed all over Sindh in the constituencies where bye-election will be held.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has readied a security plan in connection with by-elections with public holiday announced for August 22 in 33 districts to make way for voting in 41 constituencies of national and provincial assemblies.
Of National Assembly seats,PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf vacated five seats, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Muslim League-Functional vacated two seats each. Two seats were vacated one each by Pukhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and an independent member of Parliament.
According to ECP’s security plan, five security men will be deployed at normal polling stations; while, at least seven personnel will stand guard at sensitive polling stations. As many as ten to 20 police personnel will be deployed at most sensitive polling stations.