JI accuses PPP of pre-election rigging for local elections
The Emir of Karachi Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, claimed on Wednesday that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had launched efforts to rig local elections, in case the elections were not delayed.
“The Pakistan People’s Party has installed its party employees as returning officers [ROs] who reject the candidacies of powerful opponents,” Rehman told a press conference at the Idara Noor-e-Haq, the headquarters of JI Karachi.
In several cases, the presentation documents of the candidates were rejected without giving a reason, argued the head of the JI. “Furthermore, there is no platform for candidates to appeal the decision of these returning officers.”
Rehman went on to say that in some cases candidates were declared absent despite the fact that they were present when their records were reviewed.
Calling such tactics a form of fascism, he said the worst situation in this regard was in the city of Ibrahim Hyderi where an RO, Murad Ali, had rejected candidates’ application documents without any justification to please the PPP in power.
He also accused RO Yar Muhammad Buledi for UCs 1-4 in Chaneser town, and RO Ghulam Dastagir in Manghopir town of serving the PPP. “A similar situation was observed in the town of Gadap.”
Referring to the issue of voter rolls, Rehman said that the Election Commission of Pakistan was responsible for providing the voter rolls, but currently there is confusion in this regard.
“Available officials confuse candidates with finalized and unfinalized lists,” said the JI town chief. “The ECP should fulfill its duty and play its role instead of playing the role of spectator or supporter of the PPP government.”
He also opposed the idea of holding the by-election for NA-245 on July 27 after the entire megalopolis went through local body elections on July 24. “It would be impossible for stakeholders to run two campaigns separately at the same time. time,” he said.
Rehman said all ruling parties in Center and Sindh were exposed as they tried to delay local elections. “The PPP does not want to delegate powers, the MQM [Muttahida Qaumi Movement] is afraid of his future the PTI too [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf]. Thus, the PTI does not play the role of opposition while other parties try their best to delay the elections,” he remarked.