Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday rejected the local bodies election results in Karachi and Hyderabad, while Jamat-e-Islami condemned the delay in the release of results but expressed willingness to form an alliance if needed. The results continue to come out slowly for the local government elections in Karachi and couldn’t be finalised despite over 20 hours since the polling ended on Sunday.
JI’s Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman — who is a contender for the city’s mayor office — denounced the delay in the results in a press conference today.
He said that they faced difficulty in acquiring results as the process of receiving Forms 11 and 12 started late on Sunday night.
“We are not getting the results from the returning officers (RO) despite over 18 hours of delay since the conclusion of polling,” Rehman said.
He strongly condemned the delay and called on the authorities concerned to stop the ROs who are “trying to change the results”.
Rehman also alleged that over 30 voters’ lists were flawed but still a reasonable number of people came out to vote.
He said that a lot of people from the PPP also voted for JI. He further said that his party has won over 100 seats, adding that there is ambiguity on the rest of the seats.
“We contested these elections after hard work and wherever there is a discrepancy, we will expose it,” he said. Rehman added that results in some UCs have been forcibly altered. Meanwhile, senior PTI leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi questioned the slow release of results despite a lower turnout, saying that his party rejects the election results.