PML-N, PPP Allege Pre-Poll Rigging In GB Elections As Minister Gandapur Violates Code Of Conduct
Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) senator and senior leader Sherry Rehman on Saturday said that the party has filed a petition in the chief court of Gilgit Baltistan against what she described as pre-poll rigging in GB elections. In a tweet, Rehman accused the government of engaging in pre-poll rigging. She criticised Prime Minister for participating in the campaign and addressing the people of GB before the elections
She also criticised Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur for announcing the development package during a public gathering, adding that it violates the Election Act.
PPP has filed a petition in the GB chiefcourt against such violations in election rules,but instead of waiting for the court to rule on Monday, the PM has decided to add to this flagrant rigging,misuse of federal resources by landing in GB to campaign.Totally against Election Act https://t.co/8qvQGNeEjL
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) November 1, 2020
Separately, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) also accused the federal government of interfering in the GB elections, terming the polls “the replay of 2018 elections”.
گلگت بلتستان کے انتخابات میں دھاندلی کے لئے وزیر اعظم اور وفاقی وزیر کشمیر و شمالی علاقاجات کی طرف سے ضابطہ اخلاق کی دھجیاں اڑا دی گئیں مگر کیا کوئی پوچھنے والا ہے؟ مگر عوام تو دیکھ رہی ہے یہ 2018 کا ری پلے ہے گلگت بلتستان میں اس کے نتائج خطرناک ہوں گے- pic.twitter.com/igJ3crcr8G
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) November 1, 2020
Iqbal, while talking to media, also said that there was no one to ask the government about its rigging in GB elections because such laws are only made for the PML-N.
The PM addressed a rally in GB on Sunday on the occasion of Independence day of GB. He announced the provincial status of GB while the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan also announced a development package for the GB.
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s code of conduct for elections bars federal ministers from addressing rallies during election campaign.
The elections in GB will be held on November 15.