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ECP terms Imran’s allegations fanciful

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s allegations that the electoral watchdog chief Sikandar Sultan Raja “tried to rig” Sunday’s Punjab by-polls to favour the ruling PML-N.

“All these allegations have nothing to do with reality. The election commission will continue to perform its duties according to the Constitution and law,” the ECP spokesperson said in a statement issued minutes after the PTI chairman’s address on Monday. In his victory speech earlier Monday, Imran called the chief election commissioner “dishonest” and asked him to resign, saying free and fair elections cannot take place in the country under his supervision.

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“Under this ECP, the free and fair election cannot take place. The country’s biggest party does not trust it. I ask CEC to resign. We have no confidence in you. You’re a biased person and connected with a party,” he alleged. The PTI chief reiterated that free and transparent elections were the only solution to come out of crises. “The way yesterday’s election was conducted, the crisis will even deepen. Punjab government used all tactics and despite Supreme Court’s orders, they used state machinery. Police threatened people. Police became a Jiyala (stalwart) of PML-N. It is contempt of SC’s orders.” “Four million people were termed dead and they were taken out of the electoral system. CEC rejected our pleas, but thankfully the apex court overruled,” he added.

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