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Demand Of Electoral Reforms In Pakistan

 June 22, 2015  /  Comments Off on Demand Of Electoral Reforms In Pakistan

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During the 2013 elections in Pakistan, some constituencies reported irregularities and the matter was taken to court. The constituencies that were affected included: Sialkot (NA-110), Lodhran (NA-154) as well as NA-125 and Lahore (NA-122). As the investigations were ongoing, it is said that each of the voters cast about six votes which could have contributed to the winning of one of the candidates affiliated with PML-N while others used fake identity cards during the voting. NADRA was ordered to verify fingerprints and inspect the election materials. The report also indicated that a sharp object had been used to open some of the ballot boxes so as to tamper with the original records. For those that have been watching this streamThey have seen the debate of irregularities when it comes to voting in the country. The National Database and Registration have proved discrepancies in several polling stations. In this case, Hamid Khan had challenged the outcomes of the elections calling for a re-run. As per the news on the ground is that Hamid Khan’s wish was honored by the tribunal that ordered rerun of the elections in two constituencies.

Demand Of Electoral Reforms In Pakistan

In response to the ruling of the tribunal, Khawaja Saad Rafique who is the leader of PML-N said that the ruling was not acceptable as Hamid Khan of PTI also known as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf who had filed the complaint did not prove if indeed there was any rigging. He also added that it was not the wish of the residing and presiding officers in NA-125 constituency for there to be a re-run. While speaking at the conference that he held, he also said that out of all the polling stations in the constituency, only seven of them had the claimed irregularities and that if there was any re-run to be held, it should be in the seven polling stations. During the 2013 elections, the runner-up contender Hamid Khan who also filed for the complaint managed to gather a total of 84,495 votes while the winner Saad Rafique managed to gather a total of 123, 416 votes.

In most of these discrepancies the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf wanted that thumbprint verification should be done for all the voters involved so as to satisfy both parties. Although the one page statement released by the tribunal proved that there were a large number of fake votes, Rafique who is also the Railway Minister maintained that Khan’s side was lying. A lawyer representing Khan who is a senior lawyer also stated that there was prove that a residing officer received Rs 20 million from Rafique so as to help him win the election. The tribunal also ordered that a re-election should take place in PP-155 constituency where Mian Naseer Ahmad of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) was declared the winner with a total of 63,709 votes. The final decision was made in Faisalabad as Khan was not comfortable with one of the members of the tribunal in Lahore where the petition had been taking place.More about this can be found at http://www.hulkusc.com .

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