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Judicial commission report on poll rigging made public — social media reacts against 'clean-chit' to PML-N

ISLAMABAD: The judicial commission, constituted to probe alleged rigging in general elections of 2013, has refuted claims of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf regarding vote fraud and made its report public.

According to findings of the commission, it said “ the PTI was not entirely unjustified in requesting the establishment of a body to inquire into its suspicions and allegations regarding the 2013 general elections. However after the recording of evidence and carefully going through all the material placed on record the Commission finds as under in respect of each TOR.”

The 237-page document said that “Taking into account all the evidence on record, notwithstanding the shortcomings of the ECP as mentioned earlier in this Report, the 2013 general elections were in large part organized and conducted fairly and in accordance with the law.”


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The PTI had repeatedly claimed that 2013 polls were rigged systematically with the backing of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. PTI chief Imran Khan had accused sitting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of rigging the elections on numerous occasion.

However the commission in its report detailed that, “The plan or design to manipulate or influence the election has not been disclosed with any degree of specification by any of the parties to the proceedings nor is it discernible from the material placed before the Commission. Allegations against those allegedly involved in the plan/design also remained unsubstantiated by the evidence on record.”

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It further stated that “When the entire context of the elections are considered along with the meaning of overall basis, despite some lapses by the ECP it cannot be said on the evidence before the GEIC Report Commission that on an overall basis the elections were not a true and fair reflection of the mandate given by the electorate.”

The PTI chairman, however, accepted the findings of the commission. He underlined his earlier pledge to accept the judicial commission report –whatever it may be.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the highest and most credible forum has authenticated the 2013 General Elections as transparent and free from rigging; and therefore, the chapter of allegations and false accusations should come to a close forever”, he added.

He said they are ready to forget what happened after the elections till now but it was unfortunate that the country was defamed by making fair and spotless elections disputed.

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