Following peaceful voting, rigging and delayed results marred municipal elections in Karachi, Hyderabad, and other Sindh cities. Dawn reported that political parties accused the People’s Party of election fraud and called the Election Commission a “silent spectator.”
In spite of its defeat in the majority of the province, including Karachi, the PPP accused its rivals, particularly the PTI, of sabotaging the peaceful election process and committing election fraud, and called the Election Commission a “silent spectator.” In spite of its defeat in the majority of the province, including Karachi, the PPP accused its rivals, particularly the PTI, of deliberately sabotaging the peaceful election process. Several hours after polls closed at 5:00 p.m., political parties asserted that the local body election results in Karachi were delayed.
The PTI accused the PPP and provincial administration of overt interference and warned that any attempt to alter election results would be met with severe retaliation. Ali Haider Zaidi, who is president of the PTI in Sindh, tweeted, “I am carefully looking at the results from each polling station, ward, and union council.”
Rigging is not a new thing. This happens in Pakistani polls.
PTI miserably failed to bring voters out of their homes. People ignored their appeal and stayed at home because they did not pay attention to Karachi during their three-year rule. PTI also neglected to strengthen its organizational structure in Karachi.
A section of population of Karachi did not come our because MQM Altaf Hussain had made an appeal to boycott the elections.
Jamaat Islami is claiming victory, and they claim it is a gift from Allah. They should be ashamed of saying this. Their candidates got only a few hundred votes in their constituencies.
Let us wait for the results and see who becomes mayor in Karachi and Hyderabad.