Empty ballot boxes and papers found in Pakistan, suspicion on vote-rigging deepens

Prime News, International (Karachi), July 30:- Five empty ballot boxes and over a dozen papers have been found by the roadside in Pakistan’s Karachi and Sialkot, raising suspicion over the poll body’s claims of having conducted free and fair general elections.

A European Union team of election observers had concluded that Pakistan’s general elections on July 25, won by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with 116 seats, were eclipsed by “restrictions” on freedom of expression and an “unequal” opportunity for candidates to campaign.

Alleging poll rigging and threatening country-wide protests, a multi-party meeting which included the Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) has rejected the results and demanded a “transparent” re-election.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate for NA-241 seat Moazzam Ali Qureshi informed the police about the recovery of a dozen ballot papers from a garbage dump near a famous superstore in Qayyumabad area of the city, DIG police Amir Farooqui was quoted as saying by Dawn news.

The police asked him to approach the concerned district returning officer of the election commission, who would launch an inquiry if needed. About 12 ballot papers were recovered.

In Sialkot, people found five empty ballot boxes near Kashmir Park in the Cantonment area, the report said. Police said that some unidentified people had thrown the empty ballot boxes, it said.

After receiving information about the recovery of the ballot boxes, PTI’s defeated candidate from the constituency (NA-73) Usman Dar along with a large number of his party workers reached the spot and raised slogans against PML-N’s Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who has won the election. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).



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