LAHORE: Former speaker of the National Assembly and candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML) for NA-129 constituency of Lahore, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, has demanded the removal of Returning Officer (RO) Ghulam Murtaza Uppal of NA-129 for his alleged biasness towards Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Former speaker Ayaz Sadiq wrote a letter to the chief election commissioner, and in the letter he claimed that the RO is biased and supporting his political opponent Aleem Khan.
PML-N leader added that he was summoned in person by the RO during scrutiny of nomination papers whereas Aleem Khan was excused and only called in (on June 19) after the PML-N protested the move.
Sadiq said it would be deemed pre-poll rigging if the RO continues on his post, adding that the PML-N would not accept the RO’s decision regarding the successful candidate on polling day.
In 2013, Sadiq had defeated PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the from his home constituency of NA-122 (old delimitation) and also managed to defeat Aleem Khan in the 2015 by-election on the same seat.