Massive Rigging Unearthed in NA-122 Record Inspection

Posted on January 1, 2015 Articles

Lahore – A commission constituted to inspect polling record in NA-122 Lahore has found massive irregularities in the constituency during scrutiny.

According to sources, a single-member commission comprised of former session judge Ghulam Hussain Awan has completed inspection of 234 polling stations with the help of government teachers and found more than 22,000 counterfoils which lack signature or stamp of presiding officer. In dozens of polling bags, the form no.14 and 15 which contain record of votes polled are missing as well.

There were 284 polling stations set up in the consistency on May, 2013 general elections which mean the inspection of only 50 stations is yet to be done.

Dismissing the plea of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who had emerged victorious from the constituency on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket with 93389 votes, against opening of bags election tribunal Judge Kazim Ali Malik had constituted single-member commission on December 6 to inspect polling record.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, who was runners-up in the constituency, had filed petition in tribunal seeking vote audit.

The commission has worked for 11 days so far and is directed to submit its report within 30 days, following the completion of recounting of votes and their verification by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in all polling stations.

PTI chief’s representatives Mian Afzal Iqbal, Shoaib Sidiqui and Khurram Qureshi and NA Speaker’s representatives Cr. (retd) Mubashir, Ali Sadiq and Abid Hussain participated in the process of inspection.

Sadiq kept tribunal’s inspection of record on the back burner for 13 months after winning stay order from Lahore High Court (LHC), however, last month, the same court had allowed tribunal to precede with case.

It is worth mentioning that the NA-122 is one of the four constituencies where the PTI sought inspection of poll records.