Rigging on large scale at LG polls...Shazda Gul and Abdul Wali
The candidate of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) for the seat of
district council Chitral from Chitral-II ward, Shahzada Amir
Hasanatud Din alias Shazda Gul, has alleged rigging on large scale
before, during and after polling and has demanded of the election
commission to order re-polling.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said that
district administration fully abetted the candidate of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam
(JUI) due to which he lost the election by a very narrow margin.
He said that the entire polling staff in the polling station of his
constituency had reportedly strong affiliations with the religious
parties, JI and JUI, who were in electoral alliance in the district
and they rigged the election results.
Mr. Gul further alleged that the polling staff stopped his
supporters from casting their votes and during the polling and
maneuvered the result during the counting process of the ballot
“Taking advantage of the load shedding of electricity during the
counting process, they manipulated the ballot papers cast in my
favour by declaring them in favour of my rival candidate of JUI”.
“In one of the polling stations, the volume of the ballot papers
sorted out for me was too large but it was reduced to less than
half when the electricity failed and counted in candle light and my
majority was changed by minority in front of my eyes”, he said
adding that the returning officer did not take any cognizance when
Mean while the candidate of PTI for district council ward of Denin, Abdul Wali
Khan advocate has alleged that with the help of deputy commissioner
Chitral, his rival candidate Maghfirat Shah, district amir of JI,
has perpetrated all types of poll riggings to defeat him.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said that the
local government minister Inayatullah bestowed on his opponent 30
million rupees before election to carry out development works in
the area which was a pre-poll rigging.
He said that his opponent was only amir of JI and did not hold any
office but he a large sum of money was placed at his disposal which
had no justification at all.
He went to allege that the DC Chitral extended full support to his
opponent during and after the polling process and no stone unturned
to rig the polls and change the results.
Mr. Khan said that his voters were harassed in the polling station
situated in the native village Jughoor of his opponent candidate
where he had got posted polling staff of his choice.
He said that the district returning officer and the returning
officer both turned down the re-counting of the ballot papers of
the ward which was his right as given in the conduct of election
He also demanded the Ehtisab Commission of KP to conduct inquiry
against the large scale embezzlement in the funds meant for
development and placed at his disposal to bribe the people before