The Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) has announced to boycott the second phase of the local governments elections being held today in Sindh districts, as the elections have been pre-rigged, Geo News reported on Sunday.
“The local body elections have already been rigged. Accordingly, we refuse to recognize the polls,” MQM-P Convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said, talking to the media in Sunday’s early hours.
Siddiqui said that the Election Commission of Pakistan was formed to conduct the election in a transparent manner. However, the election commission has not fulfilled its responsibility towards its main function, he asserted, adding that the party protested against this injustice.
“We have been fighting for justice until today [January 15]. The provincial government also drew the ECP’s attention to the delimitations of the constituencies,” he said. But, the ECP turned a deaf ear to all entreaties by the Muttahida, he said.
The city, nonetheless, will not acknowledge these elections, as there is no voter list or delimitations properly managed by the ECP, he said. Accordingly, the party is withdrawing from today’s local bodies elections in protest, he said, calling on the citizens of the metropolis to withdraw their right to vote.
Siddiqui said that the ECP did not listen to the MQM-P’s reservations.
He said that the true heir of the city will return again. The MQM-P will start its concerted and organised work from January 16, he said.
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