In a dramatic turn of events amidst Pakistan’s 2024 general election, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has raised serious allegations of election fraud, claiming that the clear mandate of the Pakistani people is being stolen through unprecedented pre-poll rigging and oppression. In a series of tweets from its official X account, PTI has accused the electoral process of being marred by irregularities, manipulation, and coercion.
The party contends that despite a record-breaking, massive turnout on polling day, the integrity of the electoral process has been compromised. PTI asserts that every independent result has shown the party winning by a landslide, reflecting the overwhelming support of the electorate. However, the party alleges that the results are being manipulated by returning officers using summary forms (Form 47) that collate data from individual polling stations.
According to PTI, the primary source of election results at the lowest level is Form 45, which tabulates the votes for each candidate at each polling station. The party claims to possess certified copies of these forms, collected by its polling agents, which purportedly show PTI candidates winning by a significant margin. However, PTI alleges that returning officers are now altering the results using Form 47, resulting in sudden losses for PTI-nominated candidates in various constituencies.
Furthermore, PTI alleges instances of coercion and abduction of its polling agents, who were reportedly forced to sign fake Form 45s. The party contends that the Election Act mandates the issuance of results (Form 47) by 2:00 am, with the presence of candidates and their polling agents during the counting and compilation process. However, PTI claims that these requirements were not fulfilled, casting doubt on the transparency and integrity of the electoral process.
PTI asserts that it has video evidence of rigging and fraud, and it vows not to accept the allegedly rigged results. The party warns that manipulation of the people’s mandate will only lead to more chaos and instability in Pakistan.
As the nation grapples with these serious allegations and the credibility of the electoral process is called into question, stakeholders await further clarification and action from the relevant authorities. The accusations leveled by PTI underscore the critical importance of ensuring transparency, fairness, and accountability in Pakistan’s democratic process.