ECP directs chief secretary, police chief against political victimisation

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja directed the chief secretary and inspector general of police against any political victimisation during the by-poll on 20 seats of the Punjab Assembly.

An ECP spokesperson said Raja has directed them to avoid any action against any civilian and warned that the commission would take strict action if the directives are violated.

“All possible measures should be taken to ensure polling in a free and fair manner,” he said.

PTI leader Shehbaz Gill claimed the rigging began in the by-polls and shared that their polling agents in Muzaffargarh were not allowed to check the empty ballot boxes.

Taking to Twitter, Gill said the two polling agents of their candidates in PP-272 were expelled from polling stations, 44 and 46, and now they were not allowed to check empty ballot boxes and the number of ballot papers available with the presiding officer.

The results of the by-polls would be essential for the CM vote count, ordered by the Supreme Court in the Punjab Assembly in July.

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