After PPP candidate’s loss, Bilawal vows to challenge ‘rigging’ in PS-11 by-election – Pakistan

The president of the People's Party of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, promised on Friday to challenge what he believes was & # 39; fraud & # 39; in the partial elections for the constituency of the Assembly of Sindh PS-11 (Larkana-II).

Voters headed to the polls on Thursday, with the candidate of the Great Democratic Alliance (GDA) Moazzam Ali Abbasi emerging as the winner according to unofficial results.

The partial elections in the PS-11 had been announced by the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after the Supreme Court had deposed Abbasi in August.

Voting took place in a peaceful environment and no adverse incidents were reported anywhere in the constituency. Special security measures were implemented, including the deployment of Rangers and the army in the constituency, in addition to the police. The survey began at 8 in the morning and continued until 5 in the afternoon without interruption.

According to the preliminary results of 138 polling stations that were created for the partial elections, Abbasi obtained 31,557 votes, while his rival Jamil Soomro of the PPP obtained 26,021 votes.

After the voting process yesterday, Bilawal had said in a shared post on Twitter that: "We will challenge this fraud in all forums. The truth cannot be hidden. We will expose this selection. We will have a re-election and we will take this seat back."

In a series of posts shared on Twitter, the PPP leader said he was proud of PPP workers for "fighting an honorable election," which he said they did "despite the immense pressure of the establishment. APP and their families ".

"On the day of the vote, the Vigilantes took over the interior of the electoral colleges. They harassed our female voters, expelled our electoral agents and deliberately reduced the scrutiny. The electoral colleges where the PPP works well began deliberately hours later," alleged.

The PPP president added that the media had been reporting that women voters were threatened to vote for GDA.

"Despite our pleas, ECP ignored."

In addition, Bilawal said that the PPP candidate was not allowed inside the polling stations.

"We kept asking ECP to intervene, but their intention in bad faith was evident in their silence."

He also said that "despite political engineering," the PPP had reduced the leadership of other parties by 5,000 votes in less than a year and promised to challenge "manipulation" in each forum.

Separately, GDA supporters had raised objections about visits by elected representatives of the PPP, including Bilawal, Khursheed Ahmed Junejo and Nadir Magsi, to several polling stations, pointing out the rules of the electoral commission that put a brake on political activity near the polling stations.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1511541/after-ppp-candidates-loss-bilawal-vows-to-challenge-rigging-in-ps-11-by-election

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