Islamabad: Former prime minister Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has asked for an immediate resignation of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, amid reports of widespread rigging in the recently concluded elections on February 8. Earlier in the day, the country’s election commission had announced final results. However, none of the parties showed a clear majority.
PTI demands resignations of all members of Election Commission
As per reports in Pakistan media, the PTI has demanded resignation of other members of the election commissioner along with the CEC, citing violations of the constitution. It said that the talks of formation of the the coalition government by Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is based on rigged elections.
One of the leaders of the party, Gohar Ali Khan had earlier expressed confidence that the party would be able to form government in the Centre as well as in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He had also suggested an alliance with Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen.
The PTI activists are currently engaged in demonstrations across the country. among other places, protesters had also gathered in Rawalpindi outside district election commissioner’s office and shouted slogans amid tight security by police and security personnel.
Results results earlier in the day
Earlier in the day, the Election Commission of Pakistan declared results of the elections that were held on February 8. Importantly, Independents who were backed by PTI have won 101 seats out of the 264 seats. The results for 264 seats were declared. Election on one seat could not be held due to the death of one of the candidates.
In order to form the government, parties are required to win at least 133 seats out of 265 seats contested in the National Assembly. It may be noted that Nawaz Sharif’s call for forming an alliance government, to pull Pakistan out of ongoing economic crisis, has been backed by the Army.