N to thwart rigging in AJK polls: Marriyum

Staff Reporter

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Friday said that the party workers would remain vigilant during polling for general elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir scheduled for July 25 to thwart “what she described” as rigging in the elections.

“The party workers and voters will keep guarding their votes to avert any attempt to steal their mandate.”

She informed that the party has established teams across AJK to monitor the polling process, adding that the PML-N activists and leaders have been assigned different duties.

“The teams members will promptly report to a special cell any irregularity or malpractice they notice during the polling,” she said and made it clear that this time the party would ensure that neither ‘fog’ nor the prolonged absence of election staff became an excuse for the authorities to tamper with the election results as was the case in Daska by-election.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said each and every citizen of AJK would not only cast his or her vote on July 25, but would also guard it.

“So it would be better if this time ‘selected’ Prime Minister Imran Khan desists from stealing elections from the PML-N,” the party spokesperson declared.

Earlier, in veiled threat to what she dubbed vote thieves, the PML-N spokesperson said that this time Kashmiris will not let you get away with (your) attempt to steal the election. “This is not 2018 when you stole public mandate given to the PML-N.”

“This is no longer that same PML-N. This is the PML-N from Daska, which caught vote thieves during the fog and presented them before the people,” Marriyum Aurangzeb was referring to the by-election in the Daska (NA-75) constituency that was marred by violence, rigging and the disappearance of over 20 presiding officers.

“I warn vote thieves who are lurking, waiting for the AJK election. If you try to stop the PML-N, try to change ballot boxes or change results,” she described, adding that the party would not let this happen this time.

The PML-N spokesperson called upon the people to protect their votes, saying that people will wait at the polling stations until they receive authenticated results on polling day.

She claimed that the PML-N had already won the election as people of AJK have given their decision in favour of the party.

She also called upon the people to refrain from voting for those who had turned their backs on the party. “Those who can’t be loyal to their political party, can’t be loyal to the nation.”

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