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Faraz says PTI came to power with public’s support

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Monday said that in the 2018 general election, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had come to power with the support and votes of the people.
Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), a reputable independent non-governmental organization monitoring elections and other democratic processes, had acknowledged significant improvement in the quality of critical electoral processes in the 2018 general election, he said in a tweet.
The minister shared FAFEN’s comparative list of irregularities observed in the 2013 and 2018 general elections, showing decline in the latter one.
As per FAFEN, some 133 petitions were filed to challenge election in the National Assembly constituencies in 2013, while their number was only 102 in 2018. The most important point is that both the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had challenged the election in 24 NA constituencies in 2018 while the PTI alone filed 23 petitions in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against “unfair” polls.
According to the FAFEN data, the percentage of campaign materials’ presence inside the polling stations in 2013 was 3.2 per cent, which fell to 1.8 per cent in 2018. Similarly, the percentage of voters permitted to cast votes with identification documents other than national identity cards in 2013 was 9.3 per cent against 1.1 per cent in 2018.
The FAFEN data shows that in 2013 the ratio of polling staff, polling agents, security personnel or other persons accompanying voters behind secrecy screens was 17 per cent which fell to 6.8 per cent in 2018. Likewise, the percentage of polling staff disallowing voters with disabilities from seeking assistance of their choice to cast vote fell to 3.5 per cent in 2018 from 14.9 per cent in 2013.
Similarly, the incidents of capturing polling stations remained 1.2 per cent in 2013 while none was reported in 2018. The incidents of unauthorised persons pressurising the polling staff were 3.8 per cent in 2013, which fell to 0.5 per cent in 2018.
The FAFEN report shared by Faraz said that the ratio of voters already queued at the polling stations not allowed to vote at the close of voting remained 23.5 per cent in 2013 against 7.5 per cent in 2018.
The ratio of incidents of polling station result form (Form No 45) not provided to the candidates and their agents present at the polling stations in 2018 fell from 2.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent in 2013.
Likewise, the incidents of violence at polling stations fell from 7.6 per cent in 2013 to 1.1 per cent only in 2018. The incidents of polling staff trying to influence voters’ electoral choice in 2013 remained 2.0 per cent and 0.5 per cent in 2018.
Faraz said that it was time for the foreign media outlets, including the BBC, to realise that the PTI was voted to power by the people in the 2018 election, notwithstanding the baseless propaganda being churned out – unless they sought to become a tool of the propagandists.
He said that the military supported the democratic government and its policies as required by the Constitution.
About the alleged military dominance as well as its role in the elections, he said that the issue really was of the frustration being felt by Pakistan’s detractors because the PTI government and the military were on the same page.
Separately, Faraz said on Twitter that public meetings of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – an alliance of opposition parties – are aimed at seeking an NRO (national reconciliation ordinance).
The federal information minister said that PDM rallies are a threat not to the government but to the lives and livelihoods of the people, however, the PDM’s political interests do not care about it.
The minister said that after the defeat in the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) elections and the failed rally in Peshawar, the PDM leaders should realise their political and moral status.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, in a statement, said on Monday that opposition leaders have nothing to do with the issues to the nationals and the leadership of PDM is busy hatching conspiracies.
Buzdar said that the government is consistently launching different projects for public welfare but on the other hand, the opposition parties are taking negative steps to stop the development in the country. He said that the masses know well about the political parties which destroyed the national economy while being in the power. The chief minister slammed opposition parties for running politics of chaos to accomplish their personal agendas.