Fake postal ballots another proof of rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan: PML-N

By: News Desk      Published: 02:53 PM, 13 Nov, 2020
Fake postal ballots another proof of rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan: PML-N

PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday protested against rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan and demanded the chief election commissioner to take notice of the situation, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Issuance of more than 1,000 fake postal ballots was another proof of rigging, said Marriyum in a series of tweets. “If the vote is stolen in Gilgit-Baltistan on November 15 then it would have very alarming consequences,” she warned.

Commenting on a report aired by 24NewsHD TV channel, the PML-N leader said, “Another result of vote theft has arrived from the constituency [number] Diamer II.”

“The number of government officials is 700 but 1,791 postal ballots had been issued. It is called rigging, it is called vote theft,” she remarked.

Marriyum noted that all the five candidates’ decision to move the Election Commission jointly was a proof that how rigging was being carried indiscriminately.

Earlier, 24NewsHD had reported about the revelation and the decision taken by the candidates – including those nominated by the PPP and JUI-F as well as the independents – contesting the election from GBLA-16 Diamer II.

They demanded that the bogus ballot papers should be cancelled immediately, otherwise, they would besiege the Gilgit-Baltistan Election Commission office.   

Earlier, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz had stated that it was getting embossing with each passing moment.

Commenting on the situation, Ahsan Iqbal – the party’s secretary-general – remarked whether the recent election survey was prepared according to the manufactured results or preparation were under way to formulate results as per the survey.  

The statement came after a controversial survey was shared in media that Prime Imran Khan was the most popular leader in the region with his party to beg 27 percent votes.

Interestingly, the survey claimed that the PML-N and Maryam was way behind with 3 to 4 percent votes.  

The opposition parties – PML-N, PPP and JUI-F – have been persistently warning about rigging in the November 15 elections for the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.

During her recent campaign rallies in the region, Maryam repeatedly urged the supporters not to vote for the turncoats, as at least nine former party members switched their loyalties in recent months amid alleged pressure exerted on them.