Maryam alleges rigging, demands re-election in NA-75

LAHORE (TLTP): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Saturday released several videos of alleged rigging in the NA-75 Daska by-poll and appealed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take action against individuals involved in Sialkot by-poll rigging.

Addressing a press conference, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader alleged massive rigging in the NA-75 by-election held on Friday and demanded re-election in the Daska constituency.

She further said, “Despite all rigging attempts made by the PTI-led government, her party won all seats in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) by-polls on Friday.”

Levelling pre-poll rigging allegations against ruling PTI, Maryam Nawaz said that Election Commission of Pakistan officials were “abducted” and the results of various polling stations were changed overnight.

“Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers snatched their seats from the jaws of crocodile and everyone knew that those seats belonged to PML-N,” she said.

“The government in a state of chaos resorted to firing to scare the voters away so that they could not come out of their houses to cast ballots and two innocent people lost their lives,” Maryam said while referring to Friday’s incident in Sialkot’s Daska town.

While referring to the alleged rigging videos which were shared by her last night, Maryam said a man who could be seen sitting in car with a “white bag of ballots” was a presiding officer.

“Presiding officer was running away with a bag full of votes in a police vehicle and rangers’ personnel were also present there in Wazirabad,” she added.

She also referred to the statement of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) wherein it said that the results of the National Assembly seat NA-75 have been halted due to “suspicion of falsification of results” from polling stations in Sialkot’s Daska.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take action against officials involved in Daska rigging and hold re-election in the constituency.

Maryam Nawaz said that she will visit families of party workers who were killed on the polling day as a result of violence erupted outside a polling station during Daska by-polls.

Meanwhile, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Saturday ordered to withhold the results of the NA-75 by-election following returning officer feared about alteration in the results of 20 polling stations.

On the complaint of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate on NA-75 Sialkot, the RO had forwarded reference to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate on NA-75 Nosheen Iftikhar had moved a plea to the CEC to withhold the results.