Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the stay order against the victory of PPP candidate Saeed Ghani from PS 114 by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should not cast doubts about 2018 general elections as the precedent has caused an uncertainty among the democratic political forces.
In a press statement issued from here, the PPP Chairman said that he was surprised by the stay order because he thought that ECP would take credit for holdimg most fair, transparent and clean election in the history of Karachi conducted last Sunday.
He pointed out that PPP candidate himself had requested the ECP to deploy army personnel inside the polling stations on the Election Day.
“There was no complaint of rigging from any contesting candidate on the polling day to ECP. On the second day of polling, when the results were being consolidated in the presence of all the contesting candidates, none filled any application for re-counting before the Returning Officer, and, even, the defeated candidates extended congratulations to winning candidate Saeed Ghani.
Bilawal said that holding back the notification of winner Saeed Ghani by ECP, merely on a single application without any evidence of rigging, amounts to create doubts about 2018 general elections, hence, it should be withdrawn immediately and proper legal course may be followed, if anyone has some genuine grounds. – SAMAA
Story first published: 15th July 2017