KARACHI – Despite the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) decision to boycott re-polling in 43 polling stations in NA-250 and Provincial Assembly PS112 and113 today (Sunday), voting will go ahead as announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The MQM late on Friday decided to boycott the re-polling after the ECP rejected its demand for re-polling in NA-250, stating that the boycott by a single party had no significance and the decision had been taken on merit.
During a Press conference MQM leaders stated that the ECP decision was illegal and against the constitution of the country.
“MQM will take every possible action against the unconstitutional and illegal decision and approach every forum available to raise its voice,” declared party’s leaders.
To ensure fair and transparent polls in NA-250, army jawans would be deployed to assist other law enforcers at the 43 polling stations, stated a Press statement released to the media by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Accordingly 3,500 security personnel will discharge their duties with 22 policemen, eight to 10 Rangers officials and six to eight army personnel would be deployed at each polling station. Forty polling stations are located in South Zone while three are in East Zone.
Although the decision of re-polling in 43 polling stations was accepted by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) all other parties except the MQM are demanding re-elections on all constituencies of Sindh and Karachi, claiming the polls were rigged.