Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif has called for legal action against the officers involved in the Daska by-election fraud.
As per sources, Shehbaz has written a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja on Friday, demanding to take stern action against those involved in the fraud.
Shehbaz has stated in the letter that perpetrators of rigging must be caught and an inquiry should be initiated against them.
“Investigate and take action against those responsible at the federal and provincial levels,” he stated.
The Leader of the Opposition further wrote that those who issued instructions to the district authorities under criminal intent should be arrested.
He went on to state that the rules, code of conduct and Election Act should be amended in consultation with political parties so that there would be no irregularities like the one in Daska in the forthcoming polls.
Shehbaz added that complaints should be lodged in court against the officers and staff involved in the Daska by-election and a process of punishment should be started against those who have been identified.
Earlier in February, reports surfaced that the NA-75 Sialkot-IV by-election held in Daska was not held in transparent manner.
In this regard, an inquiry report was issued by the ECP earlier this month, which was prepared by the Joint Provincial Election Commissioner Saeed Gul.
As per the report, the fact-finding team gathered details from official records obtained from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Islamabad; Intelligence Bureau, Islamabad; District Police, Sialkot; Elite Police Force; written statements and supplementary question and answer sessions of the presiding officers (POs), senior assistant presiding officers, naib qasids, drivers, and police personnel, etc.
The report further stated that the election officials and other government functionaries “did not play their designated role in a requisite manner [and] they were found puppets in the hands of their unlawful masters”.