Geo News airs video of polls rigging -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Geo News airs video of polls rigging

RAWALPINDI: For the first time in the history of the country, the Geo News on Friday aired a video unmasking rigging in the February 18 elections.

In the video, the scenes of polls rigging from two polling stations of Karachi and Lahore were aired. In one of the scenes, some armed persons were tearing ballot papers and were stuffing ballot boxes for their favourite candidate at a polling station. One of the women at the polling station was heard saying to one of the armed persons to take away his rifle.

An unidentified female polling officer was also heard saying that the armed persons harassed them at the gunpoint and bogus votes were polled after occupying the polling station. The video showed the armed persons tearing ballot papers from a book and besides putting their thumb impression, stamping on the symbol of their favourite candidate.

At one of the polling stations, the seal of the ballot box had been broken and an unidentified man was seeing in it after removing the cover. The video showed the armed persons entering the polling station and one of the officer was also questions as to how many armed persons entered the poling stations and how many bogus votes they cast.

The video showed that bogus votes were also being cast at one of the polling stations in PP-152 constituency of Lahore. When Geo News contacted, Election Commission Secretary Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad said he did not watch the video but asked for sending it to him so that he could take any decision in this regard.

Source: The News
Date:2/23/2008