Rigging allegations eclipse AJK elections a day before voting

By: News Desk      Published: 03:14 PM, 24 Jul, 2021
Rigging allegations eclipse AJK elections a day before voting
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A day before the people of Azad Kashmir will go to polls, the leaders of the Opposition parties have accused the federal government of trying to rig the vote, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

The leaders of PML-N and PPP have been levelling rigging allegations in their public rally against the ruling PTI.

PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz in her massive election campaign in Azad Jammu and Kashmir had also expressed the fears that the vote could be rigged.

There were numerous violations of election code of conduct on the party of government ministers in the recent past.

Sherry Rehman

Senior PPP leader Sherry Rehman has condemned torturing of party candidate Shaukat Javed Mir by PTI workers and demanded of the AJK Election Commission to take notice of the incident.

In a statement, Sherry Rehman said the PPP candidate was subjected to violence by the PTI workers in Hattian Bala area. The federal government must stop its efforts to frighten anti-government candidates and workers.

She said an atmosphere of fear and harassment is being created before the polling for AJK elections which is of great concern.

Sherry said the federal government had already made the AJK elections controversial as Prime Minister Imran Khan had already announced interest-free loans for every family.

“The prime minister’s announcement was an attempt to buy votes with loans,” she remarked.

Sherry appealed to the elections observers to keep an eye on the rigging plans of the federal government.

List of candidates released

The AJK Election Commission has released a final list of 724 candidates who will contest for 45 seats.

Farooq Haider, Sardar Yaqoob and Chaudhry Yaseen are contesting elections from two constituencies each.

Former prime ministers Raja Farooq Haider, Sardar Yaqoob Khan, Sardar Attiq Ahmad Khan and Barrister Sultan Mahmood are also in the race for the Legislative Assembly.

Preparations finalized

All preparations for holding the AJK elections to elect the Legislative Assembly tomorrow (Sunday) are in place as polling material has been handed over to the polling staff in all the districts of Azad Kashmir.

The polling staff are on their way to their respective constituencies under tight security. As many as 33,616 polling staff have been deployed to supervise polling in 45 constituencies.

For the 33 constituencies of Azad Kashmir, 27,131 polling staff including 5,123 presiding officers, 7,336 polling officers and 14,672 polling assistants have been deployed.

Ballot papers and boxes have also been provided to the staff who will conduct elections for 12 seats reserved for Kashmir refugees living in Pakistan.

The services of police and other security agencies have been acquired for safe shifting of the staff to the polling stations.