Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday accorded approval to Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to examine the record of NA-122, Lahore, from where National Assembly Speaker Ayyaz Sadiq won, defeating PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
Challenging the results of general elections 2013, Imran had requested ECP to verify votes of the said constituency. Khan has been campaigning in the Red Zone of Islamabad for over a month against alleged rigging in May 2013 elections.
In a meeting presided over by acting Chief Election Commissioner, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, the commission decided to give PTI Chief Imran Khan access to the NA-122 record. The commission further gave approval to a proposal for setting up modern ‘strong rooms’ in Islamabad and provincial election commission offices for preserving electoral material.
Director General Election Masood Maliak briefing media persons said now Khan has been authorised to inspect ballot papers of the constituency. Talking about the other decisions taken by the commission, he said the commission in principle has agreed to the draft law for delimitation to hold local government elections. However, he said that the commission has stressed the need for constitutional amendment and a fresh census as prerequisites to carry out delimitation.
The commission, spokesman said that the decision of appointing Returning Officers (ROs) for the general election was not solely taken by the then chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, but a judicial commission was formed on the request of political parties who took a collective decision in this regard. The commission also watched the former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s video address to the ROs prior to the general election and found nothing objectionable in his address. Imran Khan’s allegation that former chief justice was involved in election rigging had no basis, he said. The spokesman said that a meeting has been called next week with NADRA representatives and Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to discuss the issue of local government elections in KP.