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All parties claiming rigging despite low turnout in NA-249 by-election: PM Imran Khan

All parties claiming rigging despite low turnout in NA-249 by-election: PM Imran Khan
May 1, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that all parties are crying foul and claiming rigging despite a low turnout in the NA-249 by-election.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, he said that same happened in Daska recently and in the Senate elections.

"In fact, apart from 1970 election, in every election claims of rigging have raised doubts over credibility of election results.

"In 2013, there were 133 NA constituencies' disputes before the election tribunals. We asked for examination of just four constituencies' votes and in all four rigging was established. But it took us a year and a 126-day 'dharna' to get a Judicial Commission which found over 40 faults in conduct of elections.

"Unfortunately, no substantive reforms were put in place. Technology and use of Electronic Voting Machines are the only answer to reclaim credibility of elections. I invite the opposition to sit with us and select from EVM models we have available to restore our elections credibility.

"Trump's team did everything to dispute 2020 presidential election result; but because technology used in electoral process not one irregularity was found. For a year, now we have been asking the opposition to cooperate with us and help reform our present electoral system.

"Our government is determined and we will put in place reforms in our electoral system through the use of technology to bring transparency and credibility to our elections and strengthen our democracy."