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PTI asks election commission to stop pre-poll rigging in G-B

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday to ensure an immediate halt to pre-poll rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan reported by Express tribune.

“It is requested that you should immediately take note of the illegal activities of governor G-B and chairperson BISP and ensure that this pre-poll rigging is stopped immediately,” PTI secretary general Jahangir Khan Tareen wrote in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan.

The PTI further requested army personnel be deputed in G-B on polling day to supervise the polling.

“The Governor G-B has announced various development schemes and is even undertaking groundbreaking ceremonies on the recommendation and for the benefit of preferred PML-N candidates,” the letter added.

“Recently, the PML-N appointed chairperson of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) visited G-B and distributed BIPS forms at the behest of the PML-N favorite candidate again in clear violation of the said code of conduct,” the letter added.

The ECP has announced the date of general elections in G-B for June 9, 2015.

Tareen referred to rigging allegations of 2013 general elections and said “the PTI is on record for ensuring a system where free and fair elections are possible. You will have noted that after a long struggle, a judicial commission to probe 2013 general elections has been formed.”

On April 1, government and the protesting PTI agreed to constitute a judicial commission to probe rigging allegations through a presidential ordinance which is likely to be issued soon.

Previously, the PTI had raised questions over the appointment of Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir as G-B governor by terming it pre-poll rigging.

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