PML-N’s Nosheen Iftikhar demands action against those involved in ‘rigging’
February 26, 2021 12:37 AM
In her affidavit and written reply submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday in connection with alleged irregularities in the by-election of NA-75 Daska, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Nosheen Iftikhar said that police officer Zulfiqar Virk was not relieved of his security duties despite the ECP orders, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
She said that the disappearance of 20 presiding officers was a shameful incident.
She demanded that all those government officials who were ‘involved’ in electoral fraud not only be removed from their posts but also given exemplary punishment so that this could act as a deterrent in the future and the ECP could enforce its writ.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had met on Tuesday (February 23) to decide on the issue of the suspected tampering of results and the alleged disappearance of 20 presiding officers during by-polls in NA-75 Daska.
The commission is expected to decide in the light of the inquiry committee findings whether or not to announce the unconfirmed and unofficial results of NA-75.
Punjab Election Commissioner Ghulam Israr Khan on Monday had visited the offices of the district returning officer in Daska and inspected the election material.
The by-poll held in NA-75 Daska on February 19 was marred by incidents of violence as two people lost their lives and scores were injured in clashes between the supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
This also led to the suspension of polling at some polling stations as Rangers were deployed to control the situation.
The voting, which started peacefully, was later marred by complaints of rigging attempts and irregularities creating hindrance in the way of polling.
Later, in the evening, 20 presiding officers mysteriously went missing along with the relevant record, casting doubts on the genuineness of the entire exercise, and leading to accusations by the PML-N leadership that the authorities had tampered with the election results.