PESHAWAR - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Information Senator Rubina Khalid alleged that by-polls in NA-4, Peshawar were rigged, as, she said, the provincial and federal governments had unleashed state machinery in violation of election rules to steal the by-elections.

She said that the PPP rejects the results of the by-election, as, she added, they had already objected to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PPP)-led KP government and PML-N leader Amir Muqam for initiating development schemes in NA-4 during the by-poll campaign in the constituency in violation of the code of conduct, but the Election Commission remained a silent spectator, she said. She also alleged that PPP’s polling agents were harassed on the polling day.

She said that despite all odds, PPP workers performed well without having a level-playing field. She added that the party’s central leadership admired the team work of the PPP workers in NA-4 by-polls despite the pre-poll rigging by the federal and provincial government machineries,” she alleged.

The PPP Senator said that both the PML-N and the PTI governments had ‘opened up their coffers for NA-4 and unleashed state machineries to steal the by-elections’. “New development schemes were conceived and implemented overnight to influence voters in complete violation of electoral rules and regulations,” she added.

According to unofficial results from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday, the PTI retained its seat as its candidate, Arbab Amir, secured the highest number of votes, 45,734, followed by Awami National Party candidate Khushdil Khan with 24,874 votes, and PML-N candidate Nasir Musazai remained third by getting 24,790 votes while the PPP candidate Asad Gulzar bagged 13,200 votes.

Criticising the Election Commission for its silence, the PPP leader said that government machinery was openly used in the by-polls which dented the impartiality of the election commission. She hoped that the PPP would win any elections held in a level-playing field, adding that the party would defeat its opponents in 2018.