He said that impartial and transparent elections would never be held in the country unless the people involved, including the returning officers, were held accountable for what they had done.
Imran Khan was addressing the press conference at his house in Lahore on Tuesday. He said that no one should remain in delusion that after five years, he would again win the election through rigging.
He said “record rigging” took place in the May 11 elections in the NA-256 constituency. He went on to add that the PTI would first adopt legal process and then take to streets against holding of elections under the current electoral system.
He said that PTI demanded re-checking with the finger prints in the four constituencies so that the passage of rigging should be stopped in future.
He expressed fear that the by-elections would meet similar fate if no action was taken. Imran requested the Chief Justice to take action immediately as “the public is demanding justice”.
He also stated that if the Supreme Court had taken notice of rigging earlier, then this would not have happened.
The PTI chairman said, “The election commission should also be held accountable. Without accountability, corruption will never cease to exist and the public is then burdened in terms of inflation.” He also stated, “Democracy will not prevail until and unless free and fair elections are carried out. Dictators carry out such May 11 like elections.”
“How can people involved in the rigging become clean in the Assembly,” he asked.
Imran Khan said that if justice is not done then the PTI will protest in the streets. He claimed that PTI was not part of the rigging in the elections, and the party will also hold free and fair by-elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) had unearthed massive rigging in the National Assembly constituency, NA-265 (Karachi), in the May 11 elections.
According to a report submitted by the authority before an election tribunal on October 7, over 57,000 votes could not be verified in the constituency where 5,893 duplicate and 1,950 fake votes were cast.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Iqbal Muhammad Ali had won the seat, defeating PTI’s Muhammad Zubair Khan, who later challenged the result of 67 polling stations before the election tribunal.
According to Nadra, 11,343 votes were caste under invalid Computerized National Identity Cards, while 791 votes were found to be out of the constituency.
PTI chairman Imran Khan said that the opinion of the masses was truly reflected in the decisive victory of the Pakistan Tahrik-e-Insaf in Faisalabad.
He said that rigging in general elections is unacceptable, adding that such elections used to be held in the era of dictators.
Election like this cannot promote democratic system in the country, he added. He warned that if justice was not delivered, angry masses would come to streets for their rights.
He made it clear that the nation is seeking justice from chief justice of Pakistan who should play his role in this regard and arrange impartial investigation into the matter without showing any leniency to any political party.
He added that he was emphasizing fair elections only to discourage further rigging in next elections. “The election tribunal judge tendered his resignation because he was being pressurized by hidden elements”, he said.
He asked who would put the election commission on trial. Throwing light on current situation of inflation, he said that the country has not seen such horrible inflation in its history within such short period.
Imran Khan contended that the poor people are being crushed by the burden of undue taxes and corruption.
He said that the rich class in the country is free of every kind of taxes while the poor are bound to face burden of undue taxes and other responsibilities. That is absolutely against the true spirit of the law and constitution.
Imran Khan said he wanted to give a message to the Supreme Court that the results of the election were acceptable, not rigging.
Imran Khan said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is trying to introduce biometric and electronic voting system during the Local Government elections.
“We want to create an example so that no one can point a finger that there was election fraud in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.” He added that free and fair elections could not be held under the present system.