Punjab govt overtly violated SC’s orders, election guidelines to rig polls: Imran Khan

PTI Chairman Imran Khan ready to deal with a jalsa. — Instagram/imrankhan.pti

PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday took to his Twitter account and accused the PML-led Punjab authorities of violating the orders of the Supreme Court docket of  Pakistan and the Election Fee of Pakistan  (ECP)  by attempting to “rig” the provincial by-polls.

The much-awaited by-elections for the   20 constituencies of the province had been held at this time, beginning at 8am at this time and coming to an finish at 5pm amid studies of remoted clashes and arrests.

In his tweet, the previous prime minister  highlighted the untoward incidents that came about all through the day, and mentioned that the provincial authorities resorted to utilizing  “authorities and state equipment to rig the election, unlawful poll stamping, harassment of voters, and arrests of PTI leaders.”

“As we speak Punjab govt has overtly violated SC orders & election guidelines by brazenly utilizing all govt/State equipment to rig Punjab elections by unlawful poll stamping & harassing voters whereas arresting PTI ldrs. By way of all of it ECP turned a blind eye. Courts should open now & act,” he tweeted.

He additional accused the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) of turning a blind eye to the incidents, and mentioned the “courts should open now [and] act.”

What occurred all through the day?

Polling in 20 constituencies of Punjab, which began at 8am at this time, got here to an finish at 5pm amid studies of remoted clashes and arrests.

In the course of the day, Punjab police arrested senior PTI chief Shahbaz Gill for allegedly visiting totally different polling cubicles along with his safety guards who had been dressed as FC personnel.

In the meantime, the ECP issued a discover to PTI Vice-President Shah Mehmood Qureshi for violating Article 56 of the Election Fee’s code of conduct by visiting totally different polling stations, holding press briefings throughout the limits of the PP-217 Multan constituency, and launching an unlawful raid together with supporters.

The ECP took discover of the combat in Lahore’s PP-158 and ordered the district returning officer to evaluation the scenario within the constituency and call safety officers.

A scuffle broke out between the PTI and PML-N employees through the polling course of in Lahore’s constituency PP-158. Consequently, one of many PML-N employees sustained a head harm.

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