Reiterating its blame on Returning Officers for ‘rigging’ and misappropriations in the general elections, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday demanded recounting in 25 constituencies of National Assembly including NA-154, on the basis of thumb impression’s audit. PTI stalwart Jahangir Tareen had contested from NA-154. Speaking at a press conference at Central Secretariat about rigging and misappropriations in his constituency, Tareen, along with party’s Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari, presented a comprehensive account of data about massive anomalies in voting process by electoral staff.
PTI leadership has refused the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s decision wherein it asked the expenses for recounting exercise will be born by a complainant.
Tareen urged ECP to re-examine results in several constituencies including his own NA-154, Lodhran. He claimed that initial results received in the early hours of May 12 which had been widely published in the national media had declared him successful.
However, he went on to say that Returning Officers tampered the results through misappropriations.