NA-19: SC Orders Re-election in Haripur Constituency
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Friday ordered re-elections in NA-19 Haripur constituency as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) accused the winning party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of rigging last year.
PTI’s Dr Raja Amir Zaman had won the May 11 2013 elections with 117,000 votes. However, runner-up Omar Ayub Khan, who belongs to the PML-N, challenged the results of 78 polling stations, accusing the winner of rigging.
However, infuriated by SC’s decision, PTI’s Zaman demanded that the party is ready to go through re-elections if only it is in the whole of Haripur and not just constituency of NA-19.
Separately on June 16 the tripartite alliance in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) held a protest rally in Peshawar, reiterating their demand for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government in the province to step down on the alleged charges of rigging in the recent local government (LG) polls.
They also suggested re-polling under the caretaker setup and supervision of the judiciary.
“New Pakhtunkhwa has come into being after a massive rigging in the polls,” said Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan while addressing a huge gathering in Khyber Bazaar, adding, “We have never seen such large-scale rigging and mismanagement in elections in the country’s history.”
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