“The only time transparent elections were held in the country was in 1970, elections held in 2013 witnessed a record level of rigging,” claimed Imran Khan while addressing a press conference at the PTI Secretariat on Friday.
Recognising people’s criticism for his rigging “mantra”, he insisted he was in the right because “that remains the root cause for all the problems faced by the country”.
Khan also lamented that rigging stopped people from punishing the incumbent government through their votes.
“During the by-polls we were successful in controlling the level of rigging that was witnessed earlier in 2013, hence PML-N used a different manner to rig the polls on technical grounds with Nadra’s assistance,” claimed the PTI chief.
Imran also alleged that PML-N held a survey in NA-122 prior to the by-polls, through which they deduced the number of voters for both PTI and PML-N. He claimed that those voters who would have voted for PTI, were transferred out of the constituency while PML-N voters from outside the constituency were transferred into NA-122.
“After the survey was held, PML-N with Nadra’s assistance transferred our voters to another constituency and transferred PML-N supporters in to the constituency,” said Khan.
Imran added that if his political party had awareness of the tactics to be used by PML-N in the latest round of by-polls, they would have effectively countered it.