PML-N rejects PTI head's election rigging blames
ISLAMABAD: PML-N leaders have totally rejected PTI chief Imran Khan's allegations about rigging in last general elections and urged PTI to play the role of constructive opposition.
Addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad, party leaders and federal cabinet members Saad Rafique, Pervaiz Rashid, Anusha Rehman and Muhammad Zubair said Imran Khan expressed full confidence in the caretaker setup and Chief Election Commissioner.
Saad Rafique regretted that Imran Khan is making elections controversial after non-realization of his dream to become Prime Minister.
He said if rigging had taken place in elections, why PTI did not use its right to challenge it. He pointed out that in one of the four constituencies frequently referred to by PTI leader, PML-N candidate was not the winner, but came at third.
The Minister said if rigging took place in NA-122 or NA-125 as claimed by Imran Khan then why he has not been able to provide any documentary or digital proof.
About Imran Khan's objection to extra ballot papers, he said it is a standard operating procedure of the Election Commission to print extra ballot papers. However, at the end of the polling, each Presiding Officer fills a statement of account giving complete details of the consumed and the remaining ballot papers.
Referring to allegation of Imran Khan how PML-N got more votes in 2013 as compared to 2008, he said the turnout in 2008 was 44 percent and 55 percent in 2013.
Minister of State Muhammad Zubair said PTI constituted a committee headed by Tasnim Noorani to go into the cause of its electoral defeat. The report pointed out serious internal flaws and wrong decisions and attitude of Imran Khan.
Minister of State Anusha Rehman said 90 percent PTI candidates acknowledged their defeat. PTI filed only 58 election petitions; 30 for national assembly and 28 for provincial assemblies. -Online