ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has demanded that personnel from Pakistan Army must be deployed across all polling stations to ensure free and fair polls on August 22, 2013. Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) earlier announced that army will be deployed on all polling stations in Karachi and on sensitive polling stations in all other areas.
Imran Khan further added that “rigging sensitivity” should also be used as indicator in declaring polling stations as “Sensitive”.
Imran recalled that polling staff borrowed from provincial departments failed to deliver and instead played a pivotal role in rigging general elections held on May 11, 2013. PTI maintains that general elections were massively rigged by polling staff including Returning Officers. He hoped that deployment of staff from Pakistan Army will help ensure sanctity of the ballot paper.
PTI Chairman said that his party would not bear any irregularities during general elections.
By-elections for 16 National Assembly and 26 Provincial Assembly seats are scheduled on August 22, 2013. A total of 321 candidates are contesting for these 42 seats. A total of 7622 polling stations are planned to be setup across the country as part of election process. Nearly 50% of polling stations are classified as highly sensitive and sensitive.