Punjab By-polls: PTI Goes To ECP Against 'Pre-poll Rigging'

Punjab By-polls: PTI Goes To ECP Against 'Pre-poll Rigging'
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has approached the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against 'pre-poll rigging' ahead of the by-polls on 20 Punjab constituencies scheduled for July 17.

In his petition, PTI's Omar Ayub Khan stated that he has observed "numerous irregularities and things that are impeding fair and impartial elections", adding that voter lists have been altered while voters have been "reshuffled" in violation of the Election Commission Act, 2017.

"One of the most egregious examples of their illegality is electoral roll/voters list of PP-140 Sheikhupura. In this constituency, final electoral roll/voters list issued, dated May 20, was after the announcement of [the] election schedule, which again is a violation of the law," he stated.

He further stated that officials, on the directives of the "acting government", are "taking notes and interfering" with the upcoming by-polls.

"A prime example is of DC Rajanpur, who can be seen campaigning with PML-N candidates which is a clear violation of both ethics and Section 187 of the Election Commission Act, 2017."

Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry alleged that the party's candidates and workers are being harassed by the police, who are acting on the directives of the provincial government.

He said that the party has approached the ECP for the disqualification of 19 candidates in the race who had been de-seated for defection. He expressed the hope that the petition would be taken up in a day or two.