Opposition slams PTI-led govt for 'rigging' in AJK election

Opposition slams PTI-led govt for ‘rigging’ in AJK election

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Opposition parties on Sunday criticized the PTI-led government for “manipulating” in the ongoing elections for the Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir.

The police said before the vote ended at 5 pm that at least two people were killed in the clashes between Kotley’s parties and two others were injured and were receiving treatment in the hospital.

Senator Sherry Rehman, vice chairman of the PPP, accused the center of “systematic manipulation” and stated that it tried to “steal” the election.

The PPP leader alleged PTI workers had fired on a PPP worker’s car during polling time, while police had uprooted a camp belonging to her party.

“There is a clear difference between the voter lists of several polling stations […] PPP has submitted a written complaint to the AJK Election Commission,” she said.

At the same time, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed in a statement that PTI’s “mobs” attacked workers in her party’s Alipur Chatha district in Gujranwala in order to “manipulate” the election.

Aurangzeb said that although PTI staff assaulted her party members, the police “arrested people connected with PML-N”. “PTI is allowed to engage in rogue activities in complete freedom,” she said.

The spokesperson said that AJK election committee officials refused to accept PML-N’s written complaint, stating that they would accept it after obtaining permission from the Chief Election Commissioner.

“Complaints of violence and rigging do not meet the criteria for a transparent election,” she added.

Aurangzeb had earlier drawn attention to what she had termed as “irregularities” being reported from various constituencies.

“Complaints of polling agents being prevented from entering polling stations and closure of polling are increasing,” she said in a statement.

She claimed that polling has been stalled for two hours at Girls Primary School Kangarhariwala, Union Council Komi Kot.

“Women voters are being treated insultingly,” she added and claimed that there are reports of votes being stamped inside the polling station with the help of staff.

No polling agent was allowed to enter LA-32 Chakar, LA-33 Goharabad except that of PTI, she further claimed.

“The tactics of 2018 and Daska elections are being repeated openly,” Marriyum said, adding: “If any untoward situation arises then Imran sahib will be responsible,” she said.

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