CEC shuts the door on PTI

CEC shuts the door on PTI


Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan has turned down Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s request for a meeting, citing a busy schedule, PTI sources said on Thursday.

The PTI chief was to provide the CEC signs of alleged rigging in the NA 122 by-surveys during the meeting that is requested, as stated by the sources. PTI spokesman Chaudhry Rizwan supported that the CEC had declined the meeting request, citing shortage of time, and has, instead, asked the party to submit a memorandum that was written.

Rizwan said a week past, PTI leader Jahangir Tareen had written to arrange a meeting with the CEC. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad said the CEC turned down the assembly request as he was busy with local government elections. The meeting was declined because it had been requested at a very short-notice, he included. The CEC has asked whatever grievances it had in a form that was written to be submitted by the PTI, party sources said. They said the party will contemplate submitting the memorandum. In a tension-filled close competition, PMLN’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had retained his NA-122 Lahore seat by conquering PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan in the byelection last month.

Following the by-polls, the PTI alleged a large number of votes from NA-122 constituency were transferred to other constituencies or even deleted from the voter lists. The party wrote to receive the computerised voter lists employed for the by-polls on October 11.

The communique to ECP Secretary Babar Yaqub alleged that “names of a lot of voters were either transferred to other constituencies or deleted in the voter lists without the intimation and permission of the voters concerned’. ECP later clarified that it had already supplied to the PTI voter lists found in the general election 2013 along with those used in the recently held by-elections in NA-122 constituency.