ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: At a press conference, Pakistan’s chief election commissioner Sardar Raza Khan dismissed complaints of election rigging, saying the process had been completely “fair and transparent.”
“There is no stain on the electoral process,” Khan said. “Why do you think the five political parties [who have alleged rigging] are speaking the truth and the election commission is not? There is no problem with the results. Wait for the results.”
Leaders of all political parties other than Imran Khan’s PakistanTehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party have alleged rigging, saying voters were not given the required forms on time and that polling agents, party volunteers who monitor the count, had been forced out of polling stations, leaving security officials free to tamper with ballots.
“These elections were 100% fair and transparent,” Khan said as he concluded his press talk.
By 4am, two hours after a result was expected to be announced, only 37% of the votes
had been counted, causing alarm.
The election commissioner said he did not want to mislead anyone by giving an exact time for when all results would be out.
Khan addressing concerns about vote-rigging as he announced that the provincial PP-11 seat in Rawalpindi had been won by Chaudhry Adnan from Imran Khan’s PTI party.
Responding to questions about voting and counting irregularities, Sardar Raza Khan said strict action would be taken against officers found to have violated election laws.