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ECP affirms electoral rigging in 20 constituencies

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has affirmed that polls were, either partially or fully, rigged in at least 20 constituencies during the last general elections in the country, ARY News reported.

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The ECP in its report on Friday stated that elections were rigged in at least 20 constituencies during the General Elections 2013. The constituencies in which irregularities took place include seven national and thirteen provincial circles.

The election commission has ordered for re-polling in five out of twenty constituencies and re-counting of votes in one.

The candidates who were declared ineligible due to their involvement in rigging of polls include PMLN, PPP and independent nominees, which later joined the ruling party.

The report has come at a time, when PTI is staging a sit-in in Islamabad and holding countrywide mass rallies, in protest against rigging of elections.

On the other hand, PPP has also admitted irregularities in the last general elections, with its leadership terming the elections as RO’s elections.

The report is expected to gear-up PTI’s struggle, however the rulers are likely to put the matter in pending as they have done with other issues.

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