PTI deserves credit for holding transparent by-polls: Chohan
LAHORE: Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Monday said that for the first time in country’s history, nation saw a free and fair electoral exercise in the form of October 14 by-polls, ARY News reported.
Talking to media, the minister said that the whole nation saw that there was zero interference by the ruling party and the polls were conducted in a transparent manner.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team deserve credit for the conduct of such transparent excercise,” said Chohan.
He said that it was witnessed by everyone that no institution like police, local administration, Bait ul Mall or Benazir Income Support Program was used to influence the results of by-election in the favour of PTI
He further said that people also saw that no federal or provincial minister or advisor addressed to the general public meeting of any candidate of PTI during their election campaign.
“In the past, development funds were used to get election results in ones favour. Moreover government machinery and institutions were also used for the purpose,” said the minister.
Chohan said that even PML-N leaders have admitted the by-polls were completely fair and free.
The provincial minister concluded by saying that success of PTI and its allies on six out of 11 seats of National Assembly is a glaring evidence of confidence people of the country have in PM Imran Khan.
By-polls in 35 constituencies of national and provincial assemblies were held across the country on Sunday, October 14.
According to results issued by ECP’s Result Transmission System (RTS), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) managed to grab four NA seats each while PTI’s ally PML-Q surprised everyone by winning two NA seats.
Polling was carried out without any interruption from 8am to 5pm.
For the first time overseas Pakistanis also exercised their right to vote through i-voting.The ECP had launched the Overseas Voting System on September 1 for today’s by-elections.
Out of 790,000 Pakistanis living abroad, of which 631,909 were eligible for i-voting, only 7,419 people registered to vote out of which 85 percent voted in today’s by-polls.