ECP rejects PTI’s rigging claims, polling process ‘disrupts’ in Peshawar, Karachi

A number of incidents have disrupted the polling process of bye-elections being held on right NA seats and three Punjab seats.

Political parties workers exchanged hot words and also pick up brawls in Karachi and Peshawar.

However, polling has been continued without brief breaks in specific polling stations of Peshawar and Karachi.

The polling will culminate at 5pm today.

Peshawar

The ANP and PTI workers argued and furiously chanting inside the Shaheed Hasanain School polling station in Peshawar.

As per reports, the police also arrested a worker of ANP.

Charsadda

Police reached the spot and arrested five armed persons in Charsadda’s area of Umarzai as voting in NA-24 by-election continued. Charsadda DPO Sohail Khalid said these armed persons were belonged to different political parties.

Faisalabad

The polling process was stopped after a brawl at a polling station in Faisalabad after male polling agents entered the polling station (No. 305) of women. The polling staff called the Rangers to deal with the situation.

Punjab Election Commissioner rejects PTI allegations

The Punjab election commissioner has outrightly rejected allegations levelled by PTI leader Farrukh Habib of transferring PTI votes from the constituencies.

A spokesman for Punjab Election Commission binned the PTI allegations as baseless and false. “He said the delay in holding by-elections was due to security,” he added.

Karachi

PTI Bilal Ghafar was injured in Malir Ghazi Road Police fight incident between the political parties workers clash. A heavy contingent of Police reached the polling Malir Ghazi Road station of NA-239. Both parties alleged each other of rigging.

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