17 November, 2009
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on November 15 notified the Gilgit-Baltistan poll results of 21 constituencies out of 23, confirming the lead of the Pakistan People`s Party that grabbed 11 seats. The results of two constituencies, LA-3 and LA-17, were withheld, while death of a candidate caused postponement of elections from another seat. The ECP said the PPP won 11 seats, the PML-N got two seats, the PML-Q secured two seats, independent candidates grabbed four seats, and the JUI-F and the MQM got one seat each.
The matter of fact is that mostly PML-N and MQM accused PPP and the local administration of rigging the polls. Now they are demanding re-elections in certain constituencies.
If we take a look at Pakistan`s history, we find that whenever the government held Bye-Elections or LG Polls in its supervision, every time only ruling party grabbed the majority of the seats. Do you think, this time ruling government (PPP) repeated the same history by rigging the polls?
In press conference, former prime minister Main Nawaz Sharif made some apprehensions regarding the voter`s list made by Pakistan Election Commission. Do you think Mr. Shairff is rightly pointing fingers towards ECP or he is just hiding his defeat?
About Gilgit-Baltistan elections, Indian Minister for External Affairs had described the elections as "just another cosmetic exercise intended to camouflage the fact of Pakistan`s illegal occupation of areas of the state of Jammu and Kashmir". Do you think this is an interference in Pakistan internal matter or prolong the old blame game?
Do you think demand of re-election in certain constituencies is right?