’Pre-planned rip-off’: ECP releases report on by-poll in Daska’s NA-75 constituency

The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday launched a report on the February by-poll in Daska’s NA-75 constituency.

The report concluded that election officers, police, and the native administration didn’t play their “designated position in a requisite method and had been discovered [to be] puppets within the palms of their illegal masters” in the course of the by-election, stories Dawn.

A by-poll was held within the constituency in April, with PML-N’s Syeda Nosheen Ifti­khar successful the competition by securing 110,075 votes towards Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Ali Asjad Malhi, who had bagged 93,433 votes.

“The report — submitted by Punjab Joint Election Commissioner Saeed Gul to the Election Fee of Pakistan secretary — mentioned the assertion given by the 20 Presiding Officer (POs) who had been forcefully taken to some unknown locations invoked the purpose that … info had been being hid by the PO.”

“The truth is, their manipulated replies within the investigation of [them] being taken to unknown locations and any interplay or forceful method by somebody additional aired the suspicion that they had been vindicated or backed up by somebody,” the report says.

“Assertion of SAPOs uncovered that one PO willingly took the tamper-evident bag with him in a purchasing bag.”

“Circumstantial proof, written statements of some POs, SAPOs, a lot of the drivers and only a few of the police personnel and CDR knowledge from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority clearly show that aforesaid POs, beneath some deliberate scheme, left their respective polling stations in personal autos and reached Sialkot by staying first at Qila Kalar Wala Police Station/ Satra Police Station, workplace of the DSP, Pasrur, and Mundeke, and so forth. round after almost 08:30pm,” learn the report.

“They remained at some unknown constructing located at Shahabpura/Ugoke Street close to Zohra Hospital [in Sialkot] for greater than seven hours and after that, they had been transported within the police safety to [the] workplace of the RO at Jaisarwala,” it mentioned.

“Earlier than reaching their vacation spot, all of the POs had been shifted in police vans from a Toyota Hiace.”

The inquiry additionally discovered that 17 POs had requested an exemption from by-election duties. When the requests had been scrutinised, “it was surprisingly revealed that handwriting on all TCS (Tranzum Courier Service) envelopes [containing the requests] was identical that created additional doubts”.

“In mild of the afore-described info, it may be conclusively decided that the actions of POs had been suspicious, they turned puppets within the palms of their controlling authority and even the replies submitted by them in response to the allegations of this maligned act had been fully stereotyped and misleading,” it concluded. “Therefore, the position of presiding officers carries an apparent proportion in the entire conspiracy that [made] the by-election a useless duck.”

“These disclosed info convincingly take us to the purpose that [the] mishap within the by-election not simply includes the negligence or maladministration of the POs. It was a preplanned rip-off that might not be attainable with out the reinforcement from their controlling departments whereas in addition they paved the trail for different individuals’ involvement on this depraved sport,” the report mentioned.

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