LAHORE: Responding to National Database & Registration Authority’s (NADRA) select scrutiny of votes cast in NA-125 in last year’s elections, Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Saturday claimed in fact Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had emerged as winner at those polling stations.
“PTI’s crying hoarse over alleged election rigging at these polling stations was tantamount to ‘thief blaming the cop’,” the Rafique said in a statement issued here.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) minister said that the PTI received 2934 while his party drew only 1334 votes at the five polling stations under review.
Replying to a question, he, however, affirmed the government would drag all those who had cast votes multiple times to the dock.
Earlier, according to a report, hundreds of votes turned out to be phoney after an audit of merely five polling stations in NA-125 Lahore.
These shocking findings came to fore after NADRA handed over a 125-page report to Election Tribunal.
According to NADRA, out of a total 1254 votes that were sized up no less than 280 were faulty, unverified, or cast multiple times.
The report also revealed that at least 12 people cast their votes twice at one polling station.
Moreover, thumb-impressions of many a voter could also not be verified.
The NADRA took stock of the votes cast in PS-5, PS-6, PS-107, PS-110, and PS-98.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PMLN) Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique had defeated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Hamid Ali Khan in this constituency on May 11, 2013.
Khan, who was the runner-up, had challenged the result before an election tribunal seeking scrutiny of the polling record.