ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (retd) Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan has turned down Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s request to meet citing a busy schedule, PTI sources said Thursday.
Sources said during the requested meeting, the PTI chief was to provide the CEC evidence of alleged rigging in the NA-122 by-polls.
PTI spokesman Chaudhry Rizwan told media that the CEC had declined the meeting request, citing a shortage of time, and asked the party to submit a written memorandum instead.
Rizwan said PTI leader Jahangir Tareen had written to arrange a meeting with the CEC a week ago.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad said the CEC turned down the meeting request as he was busy with local government elections.
The meeting was declined because it had been requested at a very short-notice, he said.
The CEC asked the PTI to submit whatever complaints it had in a written form, party sources said.
They said the party will consider submitting the memorandum after discussion.
In a tension-filled close contest, PML-N’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had retained his NA-122 Lahore seat by defeating PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan in the by-election.
Following the by-polls, the PTI alleged that a large number of votes from NA-122 were transferred to other constituencies or deleted from the voters’ list. The party then wrote to the ECP to obtain the computerised voter lists used for the by-polls on October 11.
The communiqué to ECP secretary Babar Yaqub on Tuesday alleged that “…names of [a] large number of voters were either transferred to other constituencies or deleted from the voters’ list, without the intimation and permission of the concerned voters”.
ECP later clarified that it had already provided to the PTI voter lists used in the general elections 2013 and also those used in the recently held by-elections in NA-122 constituency.
The PTI also rejected the results of the first phase of the local government elections in Punjab and Sindh saying “the election was a fraud.”
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