Polls rigged through 5.5mn extra ballots: Imran

Nov 30, -0001

ISLAMABAD: Pulling the curtain on alleged pre-poll vote rigging, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, Imran Khan, Friday claimed the ruling party manipulated the outcome of last year’s general elections to its advantage by printing millions of extra ballot papers, Samaa reported.

“At least 5.5 million extra ballot papers were printed to perpetrate the vote fraud. This is how Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) got away with 15 million votes in 2013 as against 6.8 million in 2008”, Khan said addressing a key press conference here.

Khan’s next shell fell on the police, who he alleged had, instead of serving the people, satisfied the rulers' vested interests in the polls.

"Punjab and Sindh are police states, where majority parties used the law enforcement agency as their 'election rigging force' to win the vote", said he.

Khan, expressing grief, said those who had these 5.5 million ballot papers printed with a fraudulent intent indeed dealt a blow to the democracy in country.

“PMLN’s receiving a staggering 15 million votes betrayed the humongous scale of election fraud”, Khan said claiming about 1,24000 ballot papers were printed for Saad Rafique’s constituency alone.

Moving forward, a sure-sounding Khan also accused Federal Interior Minister, Nisar Ali Khan, of being involved in the match-fixing (vote fraud).

A concerned Khan once again feared the ‘rigging history’ would repeat itself in the next election if justice remained elusive.

“We waited for a full year for the justice to prevail, but to no avail”, the cricketer-turned politician said.

 

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