PML-N conference discusses anti-rigging strategy


–300 election agents, social media activists resolve to resist rigging at all cost

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has launched a comprehensive Anti-Rigging System (ARS) with a view to expose and prevent rigging during the upcoming general elections.

At the conference of election agents, social media activists and civil society organisations held at the PML-N Headquarters in Model Town, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who chaired the conference, announced a system that will coordinate between PML-N candidates and their constituencies.

Senator Mushahid directed the teams to expose any attempt of rigging the 2018 polls. Any rigging attempt will be “resisted and reported to the Election Commission, the Election observers, and the media immediately,” he said.

Senator Mushahid added that July 25 elections are a “do or die battle” which will decide the direction of Pakistan. “It will prove whether the sanctity of the ballet and Supremacy of Parliament prevails or whether Pakistan continues to cling to a status quo that is no longer tenable,” he added.

He said that the people of Pakistan already made their choice clear, as evident from the massive turn out on July, 13 in Lahore and huge public rallies being addressed by PML-N President Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif of which Gujranwala and Rojhan are the latest examples.

The strategy also links the legal aid teams from the PML-N Lawyers Forum. Senator Mushahid said that the PML-N Lawyers Forum would be instrumental in ensuring the success of the ARS since any violation of the law would be resisted by the lawyers and those involved in rigging would also be prosecuted under the law.