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PPP's Shazia Marri demands repolling in NA-235

May 16, 2013
PPP leader and MNA Shazia Marri. — File photo
PPP leader and MNA Shazia Marri. — File photo

KARACHI: PPP candidate from NA-235, Shazia Marri, has demanded re-polling in Sanghar, over what she called an “unfair electoral process” in the constituency on Thursday.

In a press conference held at Karachi Press Club Marri, flanked by PPP's former senator Taj Haider and senior party leader N.D. Khan spoke against the alleged unfair treatment meted out to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidates in Sanghar.

Even though PPP managed to win seats from Sindh, Marri said that there were “irregularities” in certain polling stations.

Starting off, she explained that a deserted area in Thar, known as Acchra Thar, was officially recorded as having a hundred per cent voter turn out, which according to her was not possible.

Marri added that she had been corresponding with the Election Commission Pakistan officials and pointed out 26 polling stations, but did not hear back.

“On May 11, we witnessed exactly what we had feared as incidents of gun firing scared the voters away,” she said.

She expressed disappointment over the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz's support to the PML-F over a call-for strike in Sindh against alleged vote-rigging.

Marri who lost to Pakistan Muslim League -Functional’s (PML-F) Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi in Sanghar, claimed that she was allegedly “fired upon by PML-F workers outside a polling station.”

She further demanded that the complaints cited by her, should be addressed in accordance to the law.

Former PPP senator, Taj Haider attributed it to “certain elements”, working against the PPP since the 70s, are still blocking its vote bank.

Mr Haider demanded that Sindh's Chief Election Commissioner, Abdul Sattar Eisani, should come back to Sindh and start hearing tribunals on a daily basis.

Secondly, he said that any voter, judge, or bureaucrat involved in rigging should be exposed.

Senior leader of PPP, Professor N.D.Khan also demanded that the ECP should listen to the rising number of applications against the re-polling in certain sectors before its too late.