Muhammad Faisal Ali Ghumman
The phenomenon of pre, during and post rigging in national elections and by-polls has become a common feature in the 73-year political history of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Opposition always seems blaming ruling parties or coalitions for hijacking polling process and vice versa. And now the picture in Sialkot’s NA-75 by-elections isn’t different this time.
Smelling a rat in by-polls, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has recently announced that by-election results have been nullified and re-polling will take place in the entire constituency on March 18.
The PML-N had requested the commission to hold polling again in the Daska constituency as the February 19 election was marred by controversies and clashes.
Unfortunately our majority civil servants have miserably failed either to take independent decisions or follow merit in any official task as they perhaps are afraid of losing their key postings. The political regimes also spare no time to use these bureaucrats as their tools.
In addition as usual blame game has initiated among political parties, and between ruling PTI and ECP to defy orders of each other, which means nothing will establish during investigations (if launched) who hijacked NA-75 pre-elections process and on whose behest?
–The writer is blogger, Editor-in-Chief lahoremirror.com, former Web Editor Pakistan Today, former English Content Specialist 92 News HD, Ex-Editor Daily The Business and Ex-Correspondent Daily Dawn